How to Teach Art to Children
So, you feel you should provide some basic instruction on the elements of art, but what are they? Four basic elements (color, pattern/design, line/shape, and texture) are included in this volume with lessons highlighting specific concepts within each area. The color section, for example, contains multiple lessons for each of the following concepts: primary colors, secondary colors, color values, black and white, contrast, warm vs. cool colors, complementary colors, tertiary colors, and the color spectrum. A variety of activities is provided for each. As children explore the concept of secondary colors, they complete a color wheel, play a color memory game, experiment with mixing colored water and mix graduations of color using tempera paints. When they explore repetition in texture, they use repeated line and shape to create texture, make crayon rubbings, create a textured abstract still life with colored pencils, and construct a textured landscape mural with crayons and textured surfaces. Each section also references selected children's literature and fine art examples that you can use to illustrate the concept. No exotic art supplies are required; as most of the art projects are done on or with paper using paints, crayons, colored pencils and various around-the-house collage-type materials.
crayons or colored pencils, white shelf paper, color construction paper, felt tip pens, white construction paper, black poster paper, white blank paper, color blank paper (cardstock), flannel shapes (or flannel to make shapes), newsprint paper, drawing paper, scraps of wrapping paper, butcher paper, brushes in a variety of sizes, Tempera Paint (black,brown, white, red, yellow, blue, orange, green and purple) white painting paper, food coloring , eyedroppers, overhead projector (for classroom not necessary at home), Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott (for read aloud), clipboards, nature items (leaves, rocks, floers, etc), water color paints and brush, acrylic paints-various colors, easel paper, wall paper scraps, shaping clay, tissue paper, tag board, and other household/easily found items.