What makes a good art class?
I ask myself this every day. Planning a well thought out class depends on knowing your crowd; understanding the ages of who may be joining, knowing interests and personalities can help and also having a variety of options!!
My secret is to break down the art room into many open ended activities for preschoolers to explore at will, but to tie it all together under a subject. Offering open ended and process art is a must with your ones! And the subjects are often open ended themselves, Animals, Paint exploration or Noisy Art.
I tend to have one collaborative art table, where kids can work on something together and make a larger project over time. They can watch and learn from each other or communicate with a new friend though their work together.
My favorite area to plan is the sensory tables that are planned with an "invitation", that pulls the child in and allows the artists to create and explore a topic or medium in their own way. I often have books and real artist imagery with these tables for visual inspiration.
Ill then have another tactile art table that introduces a new way to use a tool or medium. And of course we also will have the easels and spin art spinners set up!
Group Circle time is important to gather everyone back together to share a story or introduce a famous artist to the kids. Its a quick "hey, check this photo out" to get them introduced to the idea of how there are so many people in the world including themselves who create and make from their imaginations. This then leads to the larger project at the table.
As every teacher knows you can only plan so much. There is always next time to change or fix. Then the kids will teach you what they want you to put out next or show you how to use a tool in a new way!
See you at the next Studio!