hello initial collages!

the messy artist fine art studio for kidsWe do this project toward the end of the session, after the children have been with us for many weeks. At this point, they are used to following directions to create projects and are familiar with the materials we use.

A big goal of this project is to get the children more comfortable with their cutting skills. This is a difficult skill to master, but by making strips of paper thin enough to cut easily, and clearly describing to the caregivers how to help, the children are often successful.

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Age Level: 3-5 years

Gain cutting skills
Learn letter recognition
Work on gluing technique

Patterned paper (such as scrapbooking paper)
Marker or grease pencil
Glue sticks
9” x 12” sheets of construction paper

Teacher Preparation:
Cut patterned paper into ½” strips
Create large open initial on construction paper for each childthe messy artist a journey in art kids initial art projectProcedures:

  1. Show the children a completed project and explain they will do it in a couple of steps.
  2. Demonstrate to the children how they will first be cutting long strips of paper into small squares.
  3. Have them select two (“one for each hand”) strips of paper from a supply table set up nearby.
  4. Go through step-by-step instruction of using the scissors
    1. “Thumbs up” to properly place their fingers
    2. Have a caregiver hold the strip so that the child only has to concentrate on cutting
    3. Ask them to cut small pieces off to make squaresbest art class north njart class party and camp east hanover nj 5. Once the children have created a pile of squares (roughly 20 or so), hand out each child’s initial to him or her. We often enhance the pre-reading/letter recognition aspect by holding up each letter and asking the children to yell out each one.  Then we ask whose name starts with each letter and get everyone involved.

6. Once all the kids have their initial, the teacher can pass out glue sticks, or have students pick them up from the supply table.fine art class for kids new jersey7. Demonstrate gluing the squares onto their letter, talking about interior and exterior spaces of each initial.process oriented art studio for kids8. This project dries quickly and can be taken home at the end of the class session.initial project collage for kids


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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