Class Outline & Sneak Peek

I thought I would tell you a little about my teaching philosophy today so that you would understand my goals for the spring online class.  Ever since my first son was born I began reading a wide variety of books about how to teach art to children.  I found it so fascinating.  I learned that there are two different aspects of teaching about art and ironically they contradict each other.  The two aspects are structure and creative freedom.  There is a strong argument towards the side of structure.  Many feel that the greatest artistic freedom comes from mastery and knowledge – from understanding the possibilities.  There is also a strong argument on the side of creative freedom and giving children the opportunity to create art that is completely their own.  There seems to be a consensus among art educators that there should be a balance between the two.  The age of the child is also factored into the equation.  Since my spring class is geared towards 4 year olds I am putting an emphasis on process-oriented art that allows a lot of freedom of expression.  My highest priority is teaching children that art is fun and art can be anything.  I have chosen art projects that introduce 4 of the 7 elements of art in ways that are unique and fun and have lots of possibilities.  You will see what I mean when the class starts in less than 3 weeks!

Here is a basic outline for the class:

Tues. March 1st: A list of all the materials for the class will be posted.

First week of class:  (Mon. March 14th – 18th) This week will be all about color, color mixing and warm and cool colors.  Our Art History lesson will be on Andy Warhol.  I will be breaking up the lessons into daily posts throughout the week.

Second week of class: (Mon. March 21st – 25th) This week will be all about lines!  I will introduce the students to all different types of lines and fun projects that incorporate lines.  For Art History we will learn about Picasso and Jackson Pollock.

Third week of class: (Mon. March 28th – April 1st) This week is all about shapes!  The possibilities of shapes are so fun and limitless.  For Art History we will learn about Georgia O’Keefe.

Spring Break: (Mon. April 4th – 8th) This week is Spring Break for the schools in our area so we are going to be visiting an art museum and I encourage you to do the same with your kids!  I will be posting about how to get the most out of a visit to an art museum.  I will also share pictures of our field trip.  This week is a great opportunity to catch up on any unfinished projects and prepare for your art exhibition night!

Last week of class: (April 11th – 15th) This week is all about texture.  I love texture so I am saving the best for last!  Our Art History lesson will be on Van Gogh.

Art Exhibition Night: (will be held sometime during the week of April 18th – 22nd) My friend Lynette is an amazing party planner and I am so thrilled that she is planning our art exhibition night!  She is working on the location right now.  She will be guest posting about some of her favorite art party ideas soon.

* I would love any pictures of you following along with your kids - or just pictures of their artwork to share on the blog.  I am so excited about this class and the whole concept of parents all over following along together and sharing their children's artwork.  I am so excited to be a part of this and I thank all of you that will be following along at home because without you this would not be possible.  

Do you want a sneak peek of the class?  I thought so....

(ps: does anyone know where to find child size gloves?  I can't find them anywhere.)

We are having so much fun!  The countdown to the first class has begun!


  1. I am so excited this sounds amazing and like so much fun!!! I'll send you pictures for sure :) thanks again for all that your doing!!!

  2. I honestly cannot remember how I stumbled up your site...but it has really drawn me in these past couple of weeks! I was an Art Historian major as well - thought I would always work in a museum (go figure how medical school got shuffled into the mix!) Anyhow, now I'm expecting my first child and I am SO excited to one day expose her to ART as well.

    I love your book selections. I will be following along and enjoying all the projects your students create!!!

  3. Thanks for the teaser! I was excited before, but now I can hardly wait!! I can't thank you enough for making this online class available!!

  4. OOOOOHHHH! So fun! I can't wait to get started (although we'll be starting in April). I'll look forward to following along until then.
    As for gloves, if you search for kids craft gloves you'll certainly find some, but the shipping costs are pretty high. Maybe Michaels or other local art store might be the best source.

  5. SO FUN!!! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to let me know about your online class. My kids and I will definitely be joining in (and sharing pictures). I am so VERY excited to get started!!

  6. Have you seen the book, "Seen Art?" I was thinking for your museum week. It is a lot of fun for the kids to follow along?

  7. This sounds like a great idea! I'd love to have my daughter do this.

  8. Here's a link for disposable child gloves. I haven't tried them yet myself:


  9. I am so glad I found this site! I am really looking forward to do this. I studied art history as an undergrad, so I LOVE and appreciate art, I just find it difficult to help inspire her artistically aside from the normal crayons, paint, playdough, and markers. I am SO excited about this!

  10. I am looking forward to hosting this class with my kiddos, although it might not be until summertime that we can fit it all in. But, I am shooting for the same schedule as you.

    My husband is a middle school art teacher and we already have budding artists in our house, so this will be really fun for all!

  11. I am thrilled for your online art class. I am an art teacher for my daugter's school, and I can't wait to see your ideas. I saw you on Studio 5, and I loved what you had to show and say! I can't wait to follow along.

  12. Gloves - http://www.dickblick.com/products/hygloss-gloves-for-kids/?wmcp=google&wmcid=products&wmckw=32935-1100

  13. I'm a fellow believer in the importance of exposing children to lots of art and opportunities to explore their creativity. Just found your blog via Bloom and am SO EXCITED about your online class! How fantastic! I'm expecting my third boy so I'll be joining the 3-boy club soon. What a great way to keep my boys busy during the last days of winter! Thanks! Looking forward to it.