Kindergarten Art Curriculum

After a field trip that included a trip to a local artists’ collective, the Engineer thoughtfully announced that he wanted to study “more art.”  Cue the scramble and freak-out from mommy.

I made him a color wheel to paint in and a set of color schemes (complimentary, secondary, and so on) and you can find them here at my TpT store.


For now, we’re starting with a solid foundation of terms and techniques.  We’ll learn about Matisse’s collage work instead of his nudes.  We’ll study brushwork by Impressionists instead of focusing on the concept of Otherness (although Impressionists are probably the least objectionable of the lot.)  We’ll look at Lewis Hines’ photographs of children working in factories and discuss how art can be used to change society in a good way.  I’ll show him surrealism and let him see that a photograph can’t be trusted to represent truth.  We’ll learn about street art, graffiti art, and art installations.

I’m super excited to share some of the really cool stuff I know he’ll love.  He’s already done photograms, relief printing, and mixed media pictures.  It’s going to be a fun ride!

I’m still in the planning stages, but here’s a brief breakdown of what I’m planning on doing.  Each link either shows the artist’s work or an idea for a project:

All about colorpdf link for a free printable on color wheels and color schemes.

Major art techniques: sculpture, drawing, printmaking, painting (and types of paint) and photography.  Go here for free art lessons in various techniques.

Matisse: making collage cutouts

Andrew Wyeth: the use of negative space and a kid-friendly version.

Van Gogh: making a still life image and drawing it.

Mondrian: geometric art and our version with tape lines.

Monet: impressionism painting, and doing our own version.

Picasso: cubism and doing our own version.

Seurat: Pointillism (art version of dpi) marker project.

Kandinsky: abstract art and our own version.

Pollock: Drip painting – I doubt I need a link for our version.  Just use lots of tarps because splatter goes everywhere!

Concept of self-portrait: Van Gogh, Durer, and Picasso as examples. (note: Durer’s work is excruciatingly detailed in things kids shouldn’t see.  Self-portaits and animal studies are kid-friendly.  The Picasso link includes a cubist nude at age 85, far down the page.)

Street art and installation art: Jan Vorman, DALeast, Toshiko Horiuchi and making our own outside.  Probably balanced stone sculptures, as he saw this video about it and was excited.

Sculpture: modeling clay coil and slab container, or plaster of paris balloon sculpture if I get adventurous.

Revisit relief printing: styrofoam prints.

I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list as we complete projects, get new ideas, and go off on numerous rabbit trails.  That’s how we do things around here!

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