Art


Have a shelf to set up art activities for free expression, the outcome is up to the child, the process helps with the acquisition of practical skills, co-ordination and sensorial refinement.

Crayons

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Material Description:

Plastic mat, newspaper the size of a chowki and three containers for red, blue and yellow crayons, at first give thick crayons, later thinner ones and a daily limit of paper (to inculcate a desire to use materials with care)

Presentation:

  • Let the child put the newspaper on the chowki
  • Choose one colour of crayon and draw on both sides of paper
  • Later let the child use two and then three colours, as the designs become more expressive show how paint can be used at around five years

Purpose:

  • Co-ordination of Movement
  • Independence
  • Concentration
  • Social Adaptation

Age at Presentation:

Two and a half years

Footnote:

Give materials step by step for this and subsequent art presentations

Collage

Material Description:

Cardboard or a plastic mat, glue brush, tub of glue, wet sponge, variety of objects, yarn, beads, strips of cloth, paper all kept in a box and backing paper to stick the objects to

Presentation:

  • Wear apron
  • Take some objects from the box, then replace it, take some paper, glue and brush
  • Apply the glue with a brush onto the paper, stick the objects down
  • Wipe excess glue away with the sponge
  • Later stick the glue directly onto the object then place on the paper
  • Show how to tear pictures from magazines and newspapers

Purpose:

  • Co-ordination of Movement
  • Independence
  • Concentration
  • Social Adaptation

Age at Presentation:

Two and a half years

Folding Paper

Material Description:

Have coloured card and later tissue paper, wax paper and cellophane with examples of different types of fold

Presentation:

  • Let the child fold the various types of paper as she wants

Purpose:

  • Co-ordination of Movement
  • Independence
  • Concentration
  • Social Adaptation

Age at Presentation:

Two and a half years

Clay-work

Material Description:

Soft natural clay, kept in a plastic bag, stored in an air tight container.  Use a special table or bowl and a wire to cut the clay and a damp cloth and apron only used for this

Presentation:

  • Show how to mould clay by pinching, coiling, rolling and how to moisten to join pieces.
  • Show how to put back the clay and to wash carefully
  • Later show how to roll with pi and use cutters to make geometric shapes

Purpose:

  • Co-ordination of Movement
  • Independence
  • Concentration
  • Social Adaptation

Age at Presentation:

Two and a half years

Footnote:

Arrange to visit a kiln where children can fire their work

Sticking paper

Material Description:

A plastic mat, pencil, awl, glue brush, paper presser, box with snippets, glue and card.  Have all these arranged in a tray

Presentation:

  • Place the plastic mat on a chowki, laying out the material from the tray in order of use, naming each item
  • Take a snippet and close the box, then take a card
  • Mark an X onto the snippet (picking up the pencil with the left hand and then placing it in the right hand one finger at a time)
  • Show where you will place the snippet, making it with an X
  • Open the jar of glue and turning upside down place the lid on the mat
  • Pick up the applicator brush, as the pencil was picked up and take a small amount of glue, wipe the brush along the inner lip of the jar
  • Pick up the awl with the left hand and place it’s point on the snippet
  • Use small strokes to apply the glue to the edges of the snippet
  • Picking the snippet up carefully, turn it and move the X on the snippet over the X on the card, lower the snippet
  • Press the snippet down with the pressing paper, being careful not to move it
  • Put the pressing paper glue side up on the mat
  • Pick up the pencil again and write your name on the card
  • Use the same pressing paper to remove glue from the glue brush, fold the pressing paper and put it down
  • Replace the pressing paper
  • Let the child choose a new piece of cardboard and repeat, the child can use more snippets
  • When the child has finished replace the pressing papers and card
  • The completed card may be taken home by the child or stored in her locker

Points of Interest:

  • Drawing the X
  • Holding the snippet still with the awl
  • Removing the excess glue from the card and brush
  • Folding the pressing paper to keep the glue inside

Purpose:

  • Co-ordination of Movement
  • Independence
  • Concentration
  • Social Adaptation

Age at Presentation:

After the elementary activities are complete, especially the use of scissors and opening and closing bottles and boxes

Footnote:

The child can stick on more than one snippet and other materials in this manner

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