Artistic Pursuits – The Way They See It by Brenda Ellis (Preschool)

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Artistic Pursuits – The Way They See It by Brenda Ellis (Preschool or Ages: 3, 4, 5)

Crayola Washable Markers
Crayola Washable Kids Paint
Marker Paper Pad
Construction Paper
Child Safety Scissors
Elmer’s Glue Sticks Purple

Before each lesson gather the following items:

Lesson 1:

Art Work:
Bouquet of Flowers on a Ledge by Ambrosius BossChaert c. 1620

You will want to arrange a setting of the following:
Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase or Container
Pretty Shells
Plastic Insects (realistic ones with good detail and color)

You will want to check this book out at the library:
A Child’s Book of Art: Great Pictures – First Words by Lucy Micklethwait

You will want to gather the following supplies:
Crayola 96 ct. Crayons
Drawing Paper Pad
Clipboard

My kids like to have lots of extra practice and a variety of supplies and materials. For this lesson, we had fun with different shapes of crayons to practice good gripping skills. Here are some great crayons to practice grip:
Crayola My First Easy Grip Crayons 8 ct.
Crayola Kid’s First Large Washable Crayons 8 ct.
Crayon Rocks (These seem magical to a child, especially when they come in a red velvet pouch…)

Lesson 2:

Art Work:
View of Toledo by El Greco c. 1604-14

You will want to gather the following supplies:
A world map or globe to find Toledo, Spain
Crayola 96 ct. Crayons
Drawing Paper Pad
Clipboard

Prior to this lesson observe the sunset and sunrise and point out the many colors in the sky. This lesson emphasizes that the best place for your child to learn is right beside you. This is a great time to take a blanket and pillows outside and snuggle up for some cloud watching. Then complete the lesson beside your child.

FYI: This lesson works better on a cool to warm, partly cloudy day.

Lesson 3:

Art Work:
Abstraction on Spectrum (Organization, 5) by Stanton MacDonald-Wright c. 1914-17

You will want to gather the following supplies:
Crayola Finger Paint
Homemade Finger Paint Recipe
Crayola Finger Paint Pad
Masking Tape
Oil Cloth Tablecloth or Newspaper (…protect your furniture)

You will want to gather the following supplies:
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw
The Dot Hardcover by Peter H. Reynolds
Beautiful Oops! Hardcover by Barney Saltzberg

Lesson 4:

Art Work:
Girl in Red with Her Cat and Dog by Ammi Phillips c. 1834-36

You will want to gather the following supplies:
Play-Doh Mega Pack (36 cans)
Homemade Dough Recipe
Plastic Placemat

This is a fun time to make homemade bread and practice those new skills. And it’s yummy!

Lesson 5:

Art Work:
A Black-Naped Oriole Perched on a Stem of Rose Mallow by Ando Hiroshima c. mid-1830

You will want to gather the following supplies:
Artist Color Wheel (not necessary, but fun to use for learning and playing)
Crayola 96 ct. Crayons
Crayola Washable Watercolors 24ct.
Faber-Castell 15 ct. Watercolor Crayons
Faber-Castell 12 ct. Watercolor Gel Sticks
Faber-Castell Watercolor Paper Pad 9″ x 12″
Crayola 4 ct. Round Brushes
Crayola 5 ct. Arts & Crafts Brushes
Crayola 4 ct. Big Flat Paintbrush Set
Watercolor Paint Brush Set

You will want to arrange a setting of the following:
Colorful Fish in a Glass Bowl or Jar
Pretty Shells
Pretty Cloth

You will want to check this book out at the library:
Mouse Paint by by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

This lesson teaches proper paintbrush use. practice

While this setting would be beautiful and fun, we do not have fish anymore. So we chose a different setting. We chose fruits and veggies in primary and secondary colors: tomato, blueberries, lemon, lime, orange, and a purple onion. This tuned out really nice.

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Blessings,

Jennifer Hale and Marty Hale

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