Over the weekend I received some questions from a teacher who is not only participating in the art class with her children, but she is also doing these projects with her preschool students as well. I am thrilled that she is putting these art lessons to good use! She had some questions for me and I thought I would answer them here on the blog incase anyone else had the same questions.
Q: Do you demonstrate the whole process of a painting to your children before a project?
A: It depends on the project..... sometimes I demonstrate the painting first, sometimes we do a project side by side, and other times they just jump right in and figure it out along the way.
Q: Do you show pictures of paintings as visual aids?
A: Visual aids are great! I am always googling different paintings to show my kids as references, or pulling out my art history books. We also go to art museums at least 3 times a year and I think that is a great way to open their minds to all the different possibilities. My advice is..... whenever you show visual aids try to choose a variety of examples to show different interpretations of the same idea.
Q: What do you do if a student does not want to follow directions?
A: Honestly, if the child does not want to do the project or follow the directions then just allow them to do whatever they want. You do not want to push a child's creative buttons - it only stifles their creativity.
Q: Do your children understand the concept that things further away are smaller?
A: I did not introduce the concept of perspective until my oldest son turned 5. It is still a bit over his head. I think lots of visual aids help the concept sink in over time.
Q: Do you do art projects back - to - back or do you spread them out throughout the day?
A: Most days my kids are not doing structured art projects. I leave out art supplies and paper everyday and without fail they use them everyday. However, during the time of year when I am doing these structured art classes we generally do as much as they want to in one setting, and call it good for the day.
Q: Do you suggest just giving the kids the primary colors and always letting them mix their own colors?
A: Though that would definitely help the child to learn all about color mixing, I generally pull out lots of paint colors unless I am teaching about the color wheel.
If you want to add any of your own thoughts to mine please comment below.....