On becoming an artist in preschool

On becoming an artist in preschool

I have recently moved my studio into a room of our house. This is where I “think preschool!”

I love to make the room look “preschoolish.” The room is way off to itself so my husband doesn’t care what I do in here.

I have most of the furniture I will need in my studio but I need some paintings on the wall. I thought I would experiment with doing some of my favorite kind of art. You know, preschool art!

I started out with a small canvas, some tempera paint, and a couple of sponge rollers. I thought for my first fine piece of preschool artwork I would do some roller painting. Then I will move on to far more complex types of art like marble painting, string painting, swatter painting, car painting, and so on…

I put a little paint on the rollers and then just went for it. I painted freely and wildly and….

Actually – I just rolled the paint back and forth across the canvas.

Once I covered the canvas with my paint, I boldly ventured on and added a few yellow spots. I am not so sure that I like the spots but it is too late now!

So here is my final piece – it is still wet. Tomorrow I will pick a place to hang it on my wall.

>I am rediscovering how fun it is to paint and I am reminded how nice it is to paint….

  • without someone leaning over me making me worry that I might be doing something wrong or silly;
  • without someone telling me I shouldn’t do this or I should do that;
  • without someone telling me what color I have to use;
  • without worrying how much paint might drip on my really nice carpet!  (I do plan to buy a drop cloth:)

And when the painting dries, I put it up on the wall and then I will decide for myself if it stays or goes but it sure was fun in the process.

Have you tried painting lately? Give it a try!

Now see this work of art from two incredibly talented artists!


  • Dawn Ginese, RN Posted September 7, 2010 6:18 am

    No painting lately but I am redoing my room. My walls are granny smith green so I can use them as a green screen, this was not done on purpose but realized later, I love this color.
    I put a colorful rug under my office chair, pink with butterflies, flowers, squiggles, lime green, aqua blue and burgandy.
    I bought new curtains with aqua blue lime green fading in and out with beaded edges.
    I put up a picture of a little boy kissing a little girl drawn by my daughter, memories of childhood innocense.
    It’s coming together, my little studio, creative space.
    Deborah, thanks for your inspiration….Ms. Dawn

  • Theresa Milstein Posted September 7, 2010 8:05 am

    I love your final result – so creative and cheerful. I haven’t painted in a long time. I should.

  • Scott Posted September 7, 2010 9:18 am

    I’ve been thinking about doing this very thing – experimenting with preschool art myself. I think when we did our large marble painting on canvas, I thought about doing those types of things myself. Now you’ve inspired me.

  • Amy M Posted September 7, 2010 11:24 am

    Did you have a post of your studio on a blog post recently? I KNOW I remember looking at the pictures… Maybe it was on your facebook… Anyway, I LOVE your studio.

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted September 7, 2010 1:11 pm

    Yes – I shared my studio on Facebook the other night!

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted September 7, 2010 1:12 pm

    Be sure to share it on your blog when you finish one!

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted September 7, 2010 1:13 pm

    Ah, that sounds like such a warm and loving place to hold up and work. That is what I am trying to do too:)

  • Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog Posted September 7, 2010 1:13 pm

    I do this all the time — only because I can’t let my girls have ALL the fun, now can I? 😉 It is fantastic stress relief, and it’s a great way to bond with the kiddos too. Love how your studio turned out! I’ve taken over what used to be our dining room… LOL

  • April Posted September 8, 2010 11:16 pm

    I have also been experimenting with doing art “the preschool way” lately. And I really am enjoying it! I love not having the pressure of making it “look like something”…just letting the art being an end in itself! I love pink and orange by the way.

  • Sherry and Donna Posted September 9, 2010 5:42 pm

    I have two giant sized canvases on my living room wall which I repaint probably every twelve months … must be about four layers of art underneath the current paint! It’s fun, it’s cheap and if you don’t like it, or tire of it you just paint over it. I LOVE it!
    Donna 🙂 🙂

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