Setting Art Goals at the Beginning of a School Year


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I love the beginning of a school year. You have new supplies, empty walls and a fresh new start with ten months of wonderful art projects and possibilities ahead! Everything is exciting and the students are ready and eager to … Continue reading

Stained Glass Art in Pre-K

I save absolutely everything because I know that sooner or later I will be inspired to use it with a lesson. This is what happened with the vinyl packages that my art aprons came in. Instead of ending up in the garbage I cut them open at the seams and suddenly they were now ‘glass’ for a stained glass project I had in mind with my Pre-K class.

I gave my students a paper cut to the exact size of the vinyl sheet  with a frame I made with markers and we talked about each others favorite animals or favorite things. The students then drew their animals or things such as flowers, lions, pumas, etc.  within the frame and outlined it with a black marker. I placed the vinyl sheet on top and outlined their pictures with a black sharpie marker. While I was doing this with each child, everyone else colored their pictures while they waited for everyone’s vinyl sheet to be traced.

Next I showed them the ‘magic‘ paint (Plaid Gallery Glass window color) and showed everyone how to squeeze just the right amount to color in their pictures. I also demonstrated that an easy way to fill color into an area is to ‘squeeze and color in circles‘ -as the paint comes out they spread it around with the circular movements.

This was tricky at first but the kids got the hang of it in no time. Let them add quite a bit of paint and if the colors run into each other or go out of the lines a bit, all the better-the effect is wonderful!

When these dried the kids then put some dots and designs around the border to finish up. The beauty of vinyl is that it sticks to a glass surface quite easily and if you dampen the back a little it sticks even better.

The hallway windows outside my class looked fabulous with all the stained glass pictures.

What do you think?


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Eric Carle Art in Pre-Kindergarten

Sana's Caterpillar

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I have to say that I LOVE Eric Carle’s beautiful art!  The colors and the textures he creates on tissue paper is magical and the whole process is easy and fun for any age. Pre-K is learning about insects and … Continue reading