Preschool Art Sessions

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How to have kids enjoy your
Preschool art sessions

Little kids enjoy the process more than the product. How does a teacher create a well thought environment for the kids to exercise their creativity?

Establish rules with your children concerning care and use of the preschool art projects materials.

Appropriate use of art supplies

    Do not waste art supplies
    Do not eat art supplies
    Do not use paintbrushes to poke others
    Do not use scissors to cut your hair
    Do not push pencils...etc up your nose, ears...etc
    Clean up immediately after spillage

Appropriate behaviour during preschool art sessions

    Share the art supplies Pass the paints, glue...etc to someone who needs it after you
    Wait for your turn to use the paints, brushes, glue...etc
    Do not paint on walls, chairs or tables
    Do not scratch the tables, chairs or walls
    Do not criticize another's artwork

Have kids get involved
    Yes, kids should be encouraged to help you to set up and organize the materials and supplies for your preschool art sessions, as well as clean up and put stuff away after the session. Every kid loves to be a little teacher helper.

Here's what kids can do before the art project sessions
    Lay out art mats or newspapers to cover table tops
    Distribute art aprons to all the children
    Hand out paintbrushes, or glue, color pencils....etcPour paints into little containers
    Prepare a bottle of water to wash the paintbrushes
    Lay out some rags for cleaning spillage
    Place a couple of garbage bins around

Here's what teachers should do before the art project sessions

    Try out and familiarize yourself with the art supplies in advance so that you can assist the children in learning how to use it. There cannot be anything worse than a teacher who fumbles with the material and finds out that the supplies are wrong or not usable. Like dried up paints, rusty scissors, insufficient papers...etc

    There should be ample supplies - though not too much - laid out in an orderly manner and within reach of the children.

    Give clear instructions to the children helping in the preparation.

    Don't stifle the child's creativity by presenting detailed steps to the end product. Allow the kids to express themselves with much flexibility.

Here's what kids can do after the art project sessions

    Wash all used paintbrushes
    Close all caps - markers, glue, paint bottles...etc
    Return all art supplies to their appropriate boxes
    Remove and hand aprons in the appropriate place
    Discard unused scraps into garbage bins
    Take the artwork to the dry area
    Clean the table with a damp cloth, if necessary
    Wash and dry hands

Here's how to organize kids during the art project sessions

    If necessary, children could be divided into groups in order to have enough working space during the activity.

    Allow plenty of time for art activities and avoid too many variety of art experiences in one project. Creativity takes time.

    A place for finished products should be provided. For example, a drying rack for the paintings, wall for picture hangings, etc.

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