Unit Study: Preschool Art – Part 2

Target Age Group:

Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) Grade Level: Pre-K

Goals:

By the end of this unit study, preschoolers will be able to:

  1. Explore and engage in various art techniques (printmaking, collage, photography).
  2. Understand basic concepts of each art technique and its unique characteristics.
  3. Recognize the importance of creativity and self-expression in art.
  4. Develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through artistic activities.
  5. Gain a basic understanding of different art forms and their possibilities.

Schedule: 5-Day Plan

Day 1: Introduction to Printmaking

  • Introduce the concept of printmaking and discuss different types (stamping, mono-printing, etc.).
  • Explore how printmaking creates repeated images.
  • Engage in a simple stamping activity.
  • Activity: Create a collaborative class print.

Day 2: Collage Creations

  • Explore the art of collage and discuss how it involves layering materials.
  • Provide a variety of materials (magazines, colored paper, etc.).
  • Create collages based on themes (nature, animals, etc.).
  • Activity: Make a group collage mural.

Day 3: Discovering Photography

  • Introduce the concept of photography and discuss capturing moments.
  • Provide toy cameras or phone cameras for kids to use.
  • Take photos of interesting objects or scenes.
  • Activity: Create a photo display board.

Day 4: Mixing Colors

  • Focus on color mixing and how to create new colors.
  • Discuss primary and secondary colors.
  • Provide paint and encourage color mixing exploration.
  • Activity: Create a collaborative color wheel.

Day 5: Creating Patterns

  • Explore the idea of patterns in art and design.
  • Discuss different types of patterns (repeating, alternating, etc.).
  • Use various materials to create patterned artworks.
  • Activity: Make patterned bookmarks.

Resource List:

Books:

  1. “Mix It Up!” by HervĂ© Tullet – Amazon Link
  2. “Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage” by Patrick Elliott – Amazon Link
  3. “Photography for Kids: A Fun Guide to Digital Photography” by Michael E. Harris – Amazon Link

Videos:

  1. “Printmaking for Kids” by The Artful Parent – YouTube Link
  2. “Collage Art for Kids” by Art for Kids Hub – YouTube Link
  3. “Photography for Kids” by B&H Photo Video – YouTube Link

Activities:

  1. Stamping Activity – Use stamps and ink to create simple print designs.
  2. Group Collage Mural – Create a large collage mural as a collaborative project.
  3. Photo Display Board – Display printed photos taken by the children.
  4. Collaborative Color Wheel – Each child contributes a color to a classroom color wheel.
  5. Patterned Bookmarks – Create bookmarks with different patterns and designs.
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