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Gallery of Children's Artwork
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
 Henry David Thoreau

Hands-on art projects to celebrate the joy of learning!  Created by four-,
 five- and six-year-old students and displayed at the 2017 California Kindergarten Association's
Annual Young Children's Art Exhibit.  These artistic activities are described in ART Really Teaches.


Robots, which are fascinating to young learners, are discussed while learning letter Rr. With the help of parents, children can choose to build their robots with a variety of materials: construction paper, pipe cleaners, buttons, bottle caps, paint, tissue or shoe boxes, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, and glue.

Snowman Outside the Window

To form the snowman and the snow on the light blue or turquoise construction paper background, children dip moist sponges in white paint.  Next they create a hat, button, and arms on the snowman. The falling snow is created by using a Qtip or fingers dipped into white tempera paint. Black strips of paper are cut and added to make the window panes.

Common Core Standards: Language: Discussion: winter, snow. etc.  Math: shapes and counting; Visual Arts: using Qtips, fingers, sponges and brushes
Bat Silhouette 

Children listen to the story Stellulana by Janell Cannon. The teacher provides  silhouettes of bats.  The students place the silhouette bat cut outs  onto the paper. Then dip an old tooth brush into paint, and spray the paint onto the paper. When the paint is dry, remove the bat silhouettes from the paper. 

Note to the parent or teacher: The silhouettes are cut from clear plastic.  To avoid splatter, use newspapers inside a large cardboard box. 

Common Core Standards: Language: vocabulary, compare and contrast bats and birds 
Snowy Day

​The children are read Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  Discuss  a snowy environment including land, sky and snow.  have them cut out a snowy hill background from a white piece of white construction paper and glue it on a blue background.  Next,  use red and brown construction to make Peter to glue onto the snowy hill.  Qtips are dipped in blue and white paint to create Peter's footprints and the falling snow. 

Common Core Standards: Language: Vocabulary; Math: shapes and counting
Christine VanDenover, Kindergarten, Lake Don Pedro Elementary
Snowman at Night

The children are given instructions, step by step on how to draw the snowmen with a pencil on white construction paper. Then they trace their drawings with a permanent black marker. They use watercolor to paint the snowman's details and the entire background, while leaving the snowman white.

Common Core Standards: Language: Compare night and day, Discuss light and dark
Diana Buckingham, Pre-K, St. David's, Richmond
Jadelyn Chang, Kindergarten, San Mateo USD
Kristen Fuller, Kindergarten, Gilroy USD
My Le Thai, Kindergarten, Franklin McKinley SD
Salt Paintings

The children use a white crayon to draw a design on a black construction paper which is cut into shapes (circle, triangle or heart).  Then they squeeze glue onto their design and then paint the glued areas.  Sprinkle the painted glue with salt. 
Fingerprint Snowmen

The children are read Snowball by Lois Ehlert.  They dip their finger in white paint and form snowballs on the paper. Paper hats are cut by the parent, which children glue onto the snowmen. Features are added, such as buttons and arms, with a sharpie.

Diane Becker, Pre-K, Learning Pathways, San Jose
Linda Becker, Pre-K, West Contra Costa USD