Remind kids that tools for self-expression (pencils, crayons, paints) are readily available.
Drawing and painting, like hand-writing, are fundamental skills for communicating and self-expression.
Read Miffy the Artist by Dick Bruna
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
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
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