Art Class ages 3-6

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I recently had the opportunity to teach an art class to kids ages 3-5 and it was so fun! I found a really awesome book called "Perfect Square" by Michael Hall and used it as the theme for the class.

I loved this book because it encompassed the whole idea of art--starting with something ordinary, and using creativity to turn it into something awesome!

Here is the lesson plan for the class:


1. Show children shapes and have them identify them: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and diamond. You could also add an oval, a star, and/or a hexagon.


2. Play "I Spy' by finding different shapes in 3 pieces of art.
-Posted are: Composition in Red, Blue and Yellow by Piet Mondrian, Dedication Page of a Moralized Bible, from Paris, France, and Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

3. Give each child a paper square in the color of their choice to hold.

4. Read the book, "Perfect Square."

5. Tell the children to tear, cut, crinkle the paper... whatever they want to do.

6. Give each child another piece of paper and tell them to turn their scraps into something--like in the book.
       -You could do an example or two with the same torn or cut pieces of your own to show them what to do.
       -If they are having a hard time deciding what to do, ask them what their favorite toy, or place is. 

7. Help them create!

Lesson Materials List-
-a circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and diamond cut from construction paper (add other shapes if you want)
-3-5 prints of art with recognizable shapes (ie: Composition in Red, Blue and Yellow, the Dedication Page of a Moralized Bible and Starry Night)
-the book, "Perfect Square"

Art Materials List-
-construction paper
-glue sticks
-a few hole punches
-crayons or markers or colored pencils (for the details)
-optional: one alternate craft/art item (pipe cleaners, puff balls, tin foil)

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