Chopstick painting

I love sharing new and unique art processes with all of you!  Chopstick painting is a process that each child can explore in different ways…

Chopstick painting by Teach Preschool

We tied the process of chopstick painting to the book “Chopsticks” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  If you haven’t read any of Rosenthal’s books, then I would highly recommend you check them out!  They are ironic, funny, and really sweet.  “Chopsticks” is no different!  This book is about two friends, who also happen to be chopsticks.  As most chopsticks are, these two friends are inseparable.  But when one of the two friends get’s broken and needs to mend, the two friends must be separated for the very first time.  Though it was difficult, the friends realized that distance does, indeed, make the heart grow fonder and their friendship was strengthened by their time apart…

Chopstick painting by Teach Preschool

The art table was inviting with a basket of cotton balls and trays of brightly colored paint.  Each child had their own set of chopsticks that they could use…

Chopstick painting by Teach Preschool

All of our children knew what chopsticks were, and a few of them even had some experience using them.  But for most of our children, trying to figure out how to use the chopsticks was not an easy thing…

Chopstick painting by Teach Preschool

After a short demonstration on different ways they could use the chopsticks, the children all went about it in their own way.  Although many of the children did say they knew how to use the one handed technique for eating with chopsticks, most of the children found a two-handed technique to pick a cotton ball out of the basket and then to dip it into the paint to be easiest…

Chopstick painting by Teach Preschool

However, much to our surprise, a few of the children, became quite adept at using the chopsticks with just one hand.  It was pretty amazing, considering I even have trouble using chopsticks with just one hand!

Chopstick painting by Teach Preschool

Once the children had their cotton balls, they dipped them into paint colors of their choice and then proceeded to paint their paper.  Techniques differed for this, as well.  Each child explored this process in their own way.  Some of the children took their cotton balls and dabbed them on their paper, leaving little cotton ball prints all over.  One little girl used only one color, which is a reminder that young children are focused on the process, rather than the end product…

Chopstick painting by Teach Preschool

Other child explored all of the colors of paint, but one little guy chose to also incorporate the cotton balls into his artwork…

Chopstick painting by Teach Preschool

Two other children chose to work collaboratively on their masterpiece…

Chopstick painting by Teach Preschool

They used their cotton balls and chopsticks like true paint brushes to push and mix the paint all over their paper until they had a beautiful mess…

Chopstick painting by Teach Preschool

The wonderful thing about exploring art through a process like this is that each and every child takes something different away, both in skill and in product…

Chopstick painting by Teach Preschool

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By | February 12th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Smudge painting on the easel

A fun way to create new interest in the easel is by offering different processes.  Our latest offering was smudge painting on the easel…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

Set up for this art activity is relatively simple.  The children just need markers, paint brushes, and water.  We added a few paper towels directly under the easel to contain any drips.  Though our children explored this process at the easel, it could easily be done at a table, as well…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

Children begin by drawing a picture with the markers…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

After they finish drawing with the marker, they then paint over their picture with water…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

The color from the marker bleeds when wet, creating smudge painting…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

The children continue to alternate between drawing with markers and painting over it with water until their artwork is complete…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

This fun, relatively mess-free process is a great way to spark new interest in the easel!

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Links to grow on:

Springtime easel starters by Teach Preschool

Squirt bottle art by Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning

Rainbow sponge painting on the easel by Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

By | March 15th, 2013|Categories: Easel|Tags: , , , |4 Comments