I’m scared!

As part as the Summer Reading Program theme, we did a storytime called “things that go bump in the night”.  Most of the books talked about noises that we hear at night that might scare us. So, for art time, I decided to do a fun project about being scared! I had preschoolers, ages 3 to 5 and I showed them how to draw a face that would look “scared”. The first think I did was to ask them to show me what they look like when they are scared or surprised (when you’re not expecting something, it can surprise you and scare you).

I ask them to draw a scared face with markers. starting with the outline of a face, big eyes with pupil in the middle, arched eyebrows and a big open mouth. They could add other elements afterwards (nose, ears, neck…)

 

  Using a straw, kids dropped a drop of diluted tempera paint on the hair-line and blew the paint, to give the impression of hair standing on their head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Rosemary standing proud next to her project! She will be 3 years old next month.

 

 

 

 

 

This project was easy enough and parents only guided their child through the process.
It is a great project for all ages.

Supplies:
– tempera paint (diluted ~ 3/4 paint, 1/4 water)
– white paper
– markers
– straws
– containers for paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printmaking at the Library

This week we explored two different kinds of printmaking: monoprints & collagraph.

Preschool Project (3-5 year olds) is back this week! Ms. Laura decided to do a nighttime storytime to kick off the “Dream Big Read” summer reading theme. To follow this theme, I decided to do a fun project, something most kids don’t get to do at home. We made monoprints. We also worked backwards by starting with a slab of paint and children removing the paint with paintbrushes & palette knives. I used black & blue tempera paint and with a brayer I rolled the paint directly on the table (which kids just think it’s sooo cool!). Children then used the palette knives and paintbrushes and started moving the paint around, removing some of it.

Once they were done, we placed a piece of paper on top and the rubbed it to transfer the paint from the table onto the paper.
Keep in mind that our tables are made of laminate, which is non-porous and easy to wash. If you’d like you can use acrylic sheets or cookie baking sheet.

For Toddler Art we made a collagraph, which is a collage & printmaking mixed together. I used old cardstock flyers, but you can use any kind of material to create your collage. As long as it’s thicker than paper, it will work.
Toddlers cut and glued the pieces on to a bigger one. Once they were finished, they cam to me and I applied the ink over it and they use a baren to transfer the ink from their collage to the piece of paper. The results were fun and amazing.


Rosemary, age 3 cutting and creating her collage. Mom is watching and assisting with gluing and some cutting.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Levi, age 2, showing off his collage.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Connor, age 3, with mom helping him to use the scissors and cut the cardstock.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rosemary, age 3, using a baren to transfer the ink from her collage to the paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Levi, age 2, rubbing the paper, making a print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printmaking is not used often with younger children. Parents don’t always know what is printmaking or think it’s a technique for older children or adults. I don’t believe there’s an age to learn to have fun with art and stepping outside our comfort zone.