How about attacking painting in a series of sessions? The sky issue could
be handled by sponge painting an entire sheet of paper in one session.
Think blue and white for sunny days, grey, black, white for stormy days etc.
Just call it the "sky painting" activity. On another day, have the kids do
the background images, using some alternative 'paintbrush' material like
Q-tips or cosmetic sponge wedges. This session could be about trees or
mountains. Then, the next or last session could be about middle ground,
foreground, shapes and lines. Now kids could paint with real brushes.
Just a thought!
Traditional art teacher: 26 years,
Digital art teacher: 2 years!
From: BibelotsOutpost@aol.com [mailto:BibelotsOutpost@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, November 04, 2002 9:11 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Elementary Painting
One thing that I am not making progress on is painting.
I think I have the "materials management" at an acceptable
level, but I have been underwhelmed with the kind of work I
get when kids are painting. Hard to describe the issues ~
the paintings are not usually like the samples shown in books
on kid's painting. One thing I learned from this book... I think
it's called "The Art of Teaching Art to Children", is that painting
should not be about lines but about shapes. So it turns out that
one of the problems I have is letting kids sometimes predraw
with pencil. Other problems include kids not wanting to paint
the sky down to the horizon line (they are quite dismayed when
I suggest it... sometimes because they consider themselves
finished, and other times because they've painted so many
details below that strip of sky that they can't possibly paint around
all of it). I'd love some suggestions, techniques, and ideas on how
to teach painting to children. (I have K-5). Thanks! ---