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We incorporate beginning reading skills into some of our lessons for younger kids.  Many of the children this age already recognize the special letter that starts their name – their initial.north jersey fine art kids childrens class

For our youngest students we offer an initial collage project.  This is part of our station play, a set of self-directed, open-ended activities. Each station is a sensory-rich learning environment that encourages exploration. Children are free to be decision makers; they decide which stations to explore, how to engage with each one, and how long to play.art class and party kids north new jersey

At our initial project station, we set up glue and collage materials. We have prepped the correct initial for each child by cutting it from oak tag and have it ready for when they come to this station.  With some guidance from the instructors and their caregivers, the 1.5 – 2.5 year olds in this class choose the objects to decorate their initial.  In this case, cut patterned paper is provided.

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For our older class of 2 ½ – 4 year olds, we do a watercolor painting project.  Again, we have prepped initials for all our young students ahead of time.  For this project we use sharpie to draw a large open initial on watercolor paper. When it is time to hand them out, the instructor holds up one letter at a time for the children to identify theirs. They all quietly and excitedly await their turn for their initial to be held up.

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After a lesson on watercolors and how to use them, the students go ahead and paint their initials.  We discuss interior and exterior space concepts as well as the logistics of using watercolors.


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Children of all ages love their “special letter” projects, proud to have decorated their initial just as they desire.


Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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