Imagination Drawings

Materials:  large white paper, bingo daubers or dot markers (the Sunsational brand is much brighter than Do A Dot, and the sponges don’t break as easily), oil pastels, glitter (I really would only use the kind in little shakers and make sure the lid is taped on!), collage papers or foam shapes, plastic gemstones, scissors, glue sticks, white glue, glue brushes, printed black and white pictures of each child’s face

This is inspired by Hatch art studio as seen on Art Bar.  The super-fun prompt is “What does your imagination look like?”  You can have children try and describe what an imagination is, or also ask: If you close your eyes, what do you imagine?  What colors, shapes, or pictures represent your imagination?

  1. decorate the whole white paper – use oil pastels and daubers first so you don’t get glue from collaging and glitter in your dauber sponges
  2. for glitter, paint white glue in a small section, then sprinkle glitter (only on wet glue)- kids can shake extra glue into the trash
  3. try to keep a small section blank around the bottom of the paper for the face, and when the whole paper is ready add glue with the glue stick to the back of the cut-out face and stick on
  4. definitely hang up on a wall 🙂

Contact Paper Mural

contact paper, masking tape, windows if you have them handy 😉 , sequins, tissue paper shapes, decorative paper shapes

  1. pre-cut tissue and decorative papers into shapes- I did rectangles, squares, and triangles, and with the decorative papers I also made some circles with a punch
  2. place all items in little bins/bowls on a table (or floor) near the windows (or just spread them all over the table…)
  3. cut contact paper to fit window, and peel open
  4. tape contact paper sticky side out to the window
  5. add beautiful shapes!
  6. seal with either a second piece of contact paper or a piece of clear plastic film (transparency sheet)
  7. trim edges if needed, and send home with kids – for these, I cut each piece in half so each child could take one home

Heart Collage

scrap or decorative (or handmade) papers cut into squares, a large white paper cut into a square, scissors, pencils, glue sticks

  1. make sure you have enough hearts that can fit across the white paper vertically and horizontally, with enough extras to do the heart cutting
  2. glue squares in a grid all over the page (I always have children glue on the back of the piece and on the table or a “messy mat” so they don’t get their final product all gluey)
  3. with one square at a time, fold it in half and draw a half heart (this can be done ahead of time for young children, so all they have to do is cut and glue)
  4. keeping the paper folded, cut along the half-heart pencil line, then unfold
  5. glue the hearts or negative space hearts on top of the squares (or not!)

 

Garden Collages

This lesson is from Purple Twig so click over to read the original post. The children loved working on this and I was happy that they could try both painting and collaging and end up with one beautiful picture. We talked about radishes, turnips, onions, potatoes, beets, and carrots, and it was helpful to have our school vegetable garden right outside the window! Lots of possibilities for integrating gardening themes!

Here are a few of my favorite children’s books about gardening: The Curious GardenA Seed Is SleepyAnd Then It’s Spring