Art criticism is the discussion or evaluation of visual art. Evaluating art can be rough when we’re trying to convince kids to let go of their inhibitions and enjoy making for the sake of making. Evaluation and judgement can be harsh words. Use this free printable to gently introduce art criticism for kids in terms of the “art sandwich.”
I don’t claim the art sandwich as an original idea as I’ve seen it over and over, for years. But the concept bears repeating. Here’s my own unique take on the art sandwich and why your kids should get a taste of it!
I believe in making art out of what’s available, using what you have. In Ohio right now we have an abundance of leaves. It’s green everywhere. Although this lushness won’t last forever while it’s here it’s pretty awesome and using the greenery to make more beautiful art just seems natural. All you need for these leaf mandala prints is some pretty little leaves and some watercolor paints!
A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe. We will be using the term “mandala” in the most generic sense here; referring to a circular design with radial symmetry.
Watercolor paints are some of the most accessible art materials out there. Any dollar store or grocery store carries them. Clean up is minimal. Two wins, right? What if I told you I have nine watercolor techniques for your kiddos to try that will bring new life to that tray of dried up watercolor paints?
Check out these nine creative ways of using watercolor paint. Allow your people to experiment and find even more new ways of using paint and paintbrush, or maybe even no paintbrushes at all!
When you think about visiting you local art museum with kids what images does that conjure up for you? Maybe a sweaty anxious mom worried that my kids are too loud, my kids don’t know proper etiquette, my kids might topple a priceless work of art. It’s a panicky world I live in, I know.
What if I told you planning some fun ahead of time along with a set of realistic expectations could make that gallery trip a success? You’re in, right?
If you read Kitchen Table Classroom often you know I adore turning trash into treasure. I love the idea of showing kids that anything can be art and I love not spending money to make stuff. Free art experiences are hard to beat. Using empty toilet paper and paper towel cardboard tubes to create a recycled sculpture is a fun and easy way to learn about building up.
Start saving those rolls, ’cause you’re gonna need a bunch! The good news is they are free, everyone has them, and they’re super easy to cut and manipulate.
Remember making an old fashioned leaf rubbing? We all did them when we were kids, right? Turning the crayon on it’s side, rubbing it over paper with a leaf under it, and watching the details of the leaf “magically” appear was a staple of fall arts and crafts time.
This simple leaf rubbing project is a new twist on an old favorite. Short materials list and an easy process make this an ideal project for any age or skill level.
These prints are full of texture and color are brought to you by the starring players crayon and sand paper. Crayon and sandpaper you say? That’s a weird combination. It may be but they team up to make an awesome monoprint.
A monoprint means you can make just one print from each printing plate. In this case your printing plate will be sandpaper that you have colored heavily with regular old crayons. This project can be as detailed as you want it to be. Non objective swatches of color or a graphic design; they both work here.
Wanna talk art history with your kids? Then ballerinas and race horses are a good place to start, right? Edgar Degas has lots to offer in terms of work that is kid friendly and sure to spur a conversation.
Everything you need is right here for an entire lesson Degas lesson. Read some books, look at his art work, write, and talk. Maybe your kiddo will even be inspired to make some work of their own.