During the past two summers I have hosted an art group for my girls and some of their friends. The ages range from 3-6. This year we started off by looking at Picasso faces and discussing the cubist idea of making pictures with shapes.
You can use this site to learn more about Picasso!
Pre-cut shapes out of various papers, fabric, foam (if you are with older children they may be interested in determining and cutting their own shapes)
Pre-cut head – I used card stock for sturdiness
Buttons and/or any other item that would lend itself to creating pictures with shapes
I had pictures of Picasso faces for them to look at on the table while they worked. The kids used the shapes to collage together a face. Our kids liked to make sure all the body parts were in their rightful position. But it surely would be like Picasso if they explored mixing it up a bit similar to Picasso. For younger children it helps to guide their thinking with questions like: What shape would work for the eyes? What else would a face have?
Our older ones took to an animal theme and made cat and dog faces. cool!
My youngest daughter, TalTal, is a wonderful artist. However, asking her to sit down and make something doesn’t always inspire her. She’d rather flit around and be drawn in by inspiration rather than a planned activity. So, I plastered the wall with mural paper. Actually, it’s butcher paper from Costco. I leave various drawing/coloring utensils out on the floor: crayons, pens, markers, chalk, dot painters. If you had a drop cloth set-up you could even add collage to the paper with glue and various collage items: feathers, magazine pictures, beads, noodles, you name it.
Now, look at her go!!
We’ve now done this several times. TalTal can hit the drawing wall whenever the mood strikes. Sometimes we have all taken turn drawing pictures that connect to each other and make up a story as we go along. This is a really wonderfully fun pre-reading activity.
We have had a dreary spring. Lots of rain and chilly, chilly days. So…..we made puppets and pretended we couldn’t see the outside gloom.
This dragon was cut out of two piece of cardstock and then taped together. For this one I did the cutting, but TT could certainly do simple puppet cutting herself. We used craft sticks for handles and then pulled out various knicks and knacks for making our dragons spanky. TT tore pieces of tissue paper and glued into the mouth for teeth. I just loved that detail.
We used tissue paper, cotton balls, buttons, scrap construction paper, feathers, dried pasta for designing our puppets. The girls used yarn for hair on their people puppets. I helped with the basic cardstock shape, but then gave girls free reign with supplies to design and decorate their puppets. Older children could certainly design their puppet shape as well.