Inspired by Artists II: Pablo Picasso

For one month, I'm leading an art series for children, wherein they can learn, experiment and create art pieces just as the masters did. If you'd like to check out the rest of the series, see the links below:

Vincent van Gogh | Pablo Picasso | Emily Carr (coming next week!) | Jackson Pollock (coming in August!)

This week, we covered Picasso. Though admittedly not my favourite artist (and probably not in my top 5, either), his style is something unusual to see, and his work within Cubism can translate well to children's art. And thankfully, I was right, as this was the week that filled up the fastest with registrants. In fact, it was so popular that we opened it up to the waiting list to fit even more kids in. The main idea of this week's program was to get the children to work with shapes and learn that body parts - especially faces - are made up of different shapes depending on how we look. As a secondary objective, I wanted the participants to learn about the term "portrait" or "self portrait" and see it as a common theme for artists through time and place.

An example I made to demonstrate making portraits in the style of Picasso using geometric shapes.

Storytime → Camping


Activity: finding nametags - I did this during my spring session as well, and I like it because it allows everyone to get to know one another and lets the kids get used to seeing their printed names. It becomes a little game at the beginning for everyone to settle in and find their name and learn their letters at the same time.

Opening Songs

Hands Go Up! (x2)
Open Them, Shut Them (x2)

The Books

Book 1: Scare a bear / Kathy-jo Wargin
Book 2: Maisy goes camping / Lucy Cousins

Extension Activities

Song: Bingo! [from childhood]
There was a farmer, had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o.

Action: Stretching [from: Storytime Katie]
When I reach up, I feel so tall,
When I bend down, I feel so small,
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller,
Into a tiny ball.

Flannelboard: Popcorn [from Mel's Desk, via Storytime Katie, with my flannels]
Five little kernels, sizzling in a pot,
All of a sudden, one went pop!
    ... four little kernels, etc.

Rhyme: Itsy Bitsy Spider [from childhood]

Action Rhyme: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear [from Storytime Katie]
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, find your nose,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your toes.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, find your knees,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, sit down please!

Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star [from childhood]


Construction paper campfire. For the templates, I downloaded a basic flame outline (I used this one here) and then used a simple circle for the moon and rectangles for the fire logs.

Goodbye Song

The More We Get Together (x2)

How'd it Go?

It didn't. As with last week, the summer session of toddler storytime was cancelled - and I had such good ideas for the summer session! I'm definitely going to hang on to this theme, though, for future use.

Inspired by Artists I: Vincent van Gogh

After the success of my March Break Matisse program, I was tasked to come up with a similar art series for the summer months. The major difference here is that I would be planning and leading four different sessions on four different artists. Not an incredibly difficult task to tackle - but it was hard to narrow things down!

The main thrust of this series, in my mind, was to get the kids to explore how these famous artists made their art. There are so many great resources out there already, that I found myself exploring Pinterest and pinning like crazy. And in the process, I put together my handy list of helpful art resources. In the end, I narrowed it down to four artists.

The first of which - and one of my all time favourites - we're covering today: Vincent van Gogh. One major source of inspiration for this week was this short animation I found via Deep Space Sparkle, which depicts the movement of paint on a canvas in Starry Night. Above all else, I wanted the kids to get the feel for working with paint, with both a paintbrush and their hands (if they wanted to!) and see how to create movement on a flat piece of paper all within a one-hour time frame!

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