Special Events

Creative Kids Art Club — Session I

Today was the first session of our Creative Kids Art Club!

I piggy backed on an idea I read about in After-School Clubs for Kids by Lisa M. Shaia. (I highly recommend this book if you’re stuck in a program rut!) Her Masterpiece of the Week Club focuses more on illustrators but I wanted to teach the kids about real artists and their art.

Today we discussed Wassily Kandinsky. I chose Kandinsky because there’s an amazing juvenile biography about him and his work called The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock; illustrated by Mary Grandpré.

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This book was a perfect introduction for the kids about Kandinsky and abstract art. After we read the book I ran through a short slide show with some simple facts about Kandinsky and showed them some pictures of his artwork.

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Then we created some of our own art based on his Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles piece. I got the idea for our art project here. We were in a room with carpeting so we didn’t use paint for the little circles, we used markers. (And I wanted nothing to do with glitter so suffice it to say, there was no glitter in our art either!)

Our supply table after the kids ransacked it:

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And here’s my example:

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We had some very creative trees with birds and bird houses and even a squirrel!

I also set out some art books for the kids to take home if they were interested:

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This program was easy to create and super cheap. We only needed scissors, markers, glue sticks and construction paper.

Next session, Picasso!

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