Art Materials and Resources
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” - Albert Einstein
Incorporating art into the lives of preschool-aged children is one of the best ways for teaching just about any subject, and more importantly, the child about his or herself. Art is always hands-on, whether it's a cutting project, creating a mural, painting or drawing, art gives way for self-expression, helps to develop self-confidence, develop fine-motor skills along along with creativity, imagination and focus.
Learn how to teach art using the Monart Method, a system of teaching art to young children by helping children to break down a picture into its simplest lines and shapes. Although a more exploitative, independent approach to art is generally encouraged for young children, both teacher and student will quickly see the tremendous confidence that children will develop using the Monart Method.
As far as painting goes, both teachers and parents will find templates, instructions and ideas with art lesson plans. Art projects for every thematic unit and academic subject is the best way to get young children working and learning with their hands. Maria Montessori (a pioneer in early childhood education) once said, “The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence.” Art allows children to completely immerse themselves in this kind of vital concentration that will later become the foundation for other kind of academic progress in the future.
Purchase art project ideas and worksheets, papers for cutting exercises, patterns for collage work, templates for construction paper projects, teach about the color wheel, purchase printable cards for teaching art terminology, the names of famous artists and their works, styles of art and even art in architecture.
Just about every lesson plan offered from Little Learner will include various art projects for children, both group art projects as well as individual ones. Create cumulative art projects with the entire class with mural ideas for classroom walls. By allowing children to decorate their own environment teachers will instill a sense of ownership and pride that the children will have in their classrooms.
Using art ideas in sensorial exploration is another fantastic way to help children develop their 5 senses by using materials in art meant for exploring texture, color and touch. Stencil ideas, sponge painting projects, painting projects for finger-painting, painting with rollers, painting projects using a wide-range of tools and varying art mediums from chalk to pastels from watercolors to colored pencils, add art to every day. Art can be one of the most exciting, engaging ways to open up a child's mind, explore a plethora of purchasable art ideas for all your little learners!