Unit Study: Preschool Art

Target Age Group:

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


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

  1. Identify and name different art materials and tools.
  2. Understand basic art concepts such as color, shape, and texture.
  3. Recognize famous artists and their contributions.
  4. Develop fine motor skills through hands-on arts and crafts activities.
  5. Gain a basic understanding of art’s role in creativity and expression.

Schedule: 5-Day Plan

Day 1: Introduction to Art

  • Introduce the concept of art and its various forms.
  • Discuss different art materials and tools.
  • Read books about art and famous artists.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create an artist’s palette.

Day 2: Exploring Colors

  • Focus on the concept of color in art.
  • Engage in color mixing activities and experiments.
  • Read books about colors and art.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a rainbow artwork.

Day 3: Shapes and Patterns

  • Explore shapes and patterns in art.
  • Learn about different types of shapes and create patterns.
  • Read books about shapes and patterns.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a shape collage.

Day 4: Texture and Sensory Art

  • Discover texture in art and sensory experiences.
  • Engage in hands-on texture exploration using different materials.
  • Read books about texture in art.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a textured sensory artwork.

Day 5: Famous Artists and Creativity

  • Introduce preschoolers to famous artists (e.g., Van Gogh, Picasso).
  • Discuss the creativity and imagination in art.
  • Read books about famous artists and creativity.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create an art-inspired masterpiece.

Resource List:


  1. “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds – Amazon Link
  2. “Mix It Up!” by HervĂ© Tullet – Amazon Link
  3. “Vincent’s Colors: Words and Pictures by Vincent van Gogh” – Amazon Link


  1. “Art for Kids: All About Color in Art” by Art for Kids Hub – YouTube Link
  2. “Shapes Song 2” by The Singing Walrus – YouTube Link
  3. “Famous Artists for Kids” by Kids Learning Tube – YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts:

  1. Artist’s Palette – Create a paper palette with paint splatters.
  2. Rainbow Artwork – Create a colorful rainbow using different art materials.
  3. Shape Collage – Cut and arrange different shapes to create a collage.
  4. Textured Sensory Art – Use textured materials to create a sensory artwork.
  5. Art-Inspired Masterpiece – Create an artwork inspired by a famous artist.

Adapt and customize the activities based on the interests and abilities of the preschoolers in your unit study. Have a creative and imaginative time exploring the world of art with your young learners!

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