Making "art"

45 min.

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Wonder of the Day #1154

Can Writing Be Art?


Remind kids that tools for self-expression (pencils, crayons, paints) are readily available.

Ideally - it is hoped that parents will be encouraged to avail themselves to the Cleveland Art Museum for the Jean-Michel Basquiat show.

Big Idea

Drawing and painting, like hand-writing, are fundamental skills for communicating and self-expression.

What is an artist? Have kids explain what art means to them. What are the tools that artists use in their work?

Read Miffy the Artist by Dick Bruna

Miffy the artist

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Harold and the purple crayon

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

Beautiful oops!

We generally program for preK, but this can be expanded to higher levels by adding:

Radiant Child: the story of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

Radiant child : the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful

We will be using the Wax-Resistant technique to draw and paint on watercolor paper