We love to watercolor paint at preschool. Many students have experience with painting from watercolor trays either at home or at school.
I introduced liquid watercolors in jars with only the primary colors - red, yellow, and blue. These colors can be mixed to create all the colors of the rainbow. The liquid watercolors provide bright, rich colors, and are easy to mix and blend on the watercolor paper.
The students don’t need directions about how to mix colors. They are naturally curious to see what happens when colors mix and blend, and it becomes creative play - and that play produces beautiful results!
The October fall colors inspired our marble painting colors. We had such fun moving the boxes to roll the paint-covered marbles across the papers.
More October inspiration came in the form of pumpkins and squash to draw and paint from. I decided to display both pieces together because the colors and textures were so lovely and fall-like.
We are lucky to have an awesome long counter in the studio dedicated to open-ended creating. The kids love to have space to spread out and socialize while working side by side with their classmates. Many collaborations and wonderful conversations occur in this area each morning.
At the beginning of the school year, we spent some time learning where to find what we need to create art in the Art Studio. I asked students to tell me what they knew about various art tools, and I compiled their answers to share on the windows looking into the studio. They knew about the basics, but they also had some creative insights on how to use each tool. I’m sharing a few below but take a minute to stop by and read the rest the next time you are at preschool.
Art Studio teacher