1. Buildings Mural
This project guides children (and their adults) through looking carefully at buildings and making a mural of buildings on a streetscape. The subject matter is real, adapted by the child’s imagination. Methods include drawing, painting and collage. Intellectual issues include symmetry, visual rhythm, pattern and observed perspective (at a beginning level).
2. Relief Collage
This project guides children through making a Relief Collage from cut, constructed paper shapes. Subject matter is either real (bugs, food or a garden) or abstract. The collage can be painted and colored. Intellectual issues include 3-Dimensionality and 3-D construction – the visual/imagination ‘muscle-tone’ needed to turn flat paper into 3-D forms.
Drawing Exercise #1 guides children through drawing the objects in an open kitchen (or other) cupboard. Uses pencil and some color. Tackles the issue of drawing something smaller than themselves, drawing life-size and drawing from direct observation.
3. Sculpture with Found Materials (Junk!)
This project guides children through making Sculpture with materials found around home, yard, school, etc. plus their art materials. Subject matter can be real or imaginary. Intellectual issues include gravity, weight, balance and more 3-D construction thinking.
Drawing Exercise #2 guides children through making a self-portrait while looking in a mirror. Uses pencil and some color. Tackles drawing something their own size and drawing a person.
4. Imagination Painting
This project guides children through making several paintings of different sizes and learning to think with paint (without line drawing). Uses tempera and watercolor. Subject matter comes from a group of “Imagination Starters” (one-paragraph stories) and from the children themselves.
Drawing Exercise #3 guides children through making a drawing of the outside of the building where they live – a house, apartment building, house-boat, etc. – and setting it into its landscape surroundings. Uses pencil and some color. Tackles drawing something much bigger than they are.
5. Clay Sculpture
This project guides children through making Sculpture with self-hardening potters’ clay. Subject matter options are a life-size clay plate with clay food, a life-size clay shoe or both. Gives children instructions for constructing clay objects by pinching, rolling coils or making slabs. Finished, dried sculptures can be painted with tempera.