Saturday, March 19, 2011

School Time Week 25: The part with the Art Lessons

This week was supposed to be our week to conclude the letter F.  I have actually not been spending as much time on letter/sound activities lately.  We have our words of the week, but we haven't been doing as many projects that focus on our letters.  Tabitha knows all her letters and sounds, Amelia knows all her letters, though she is still learning the sounds.  I've been trying to think of some other things to do with the girls and was thrilled when I found this free online art lesson course over at Painted Pineapple.  We spent a few days this week working on color this week.  We learned about primary colors, secondary colors, warm colors and cool colors. We spent a lot of time mixing colors and painting.

For this first activity we painted half a paper with primary colors

Then we folded it over 

The one problem with this approach was that if the colors are only in specific spots when the paper is folded over it is not going to mix.  They got nice paintings of symmetry though.  So I let them paint differently on both sides and then fold it over so the colors would mix.

I think we all loved the string painting:

I loved that Tabitha's turned out looking like a cat, because our book we focused on this week was Mouse Paint  by Ellen Stoll Walsh and there is a cat in the book.

I traced and cut out some mice so we could "act out" the story.

Here the girls are painting on different parts of the paper each color, just like the mice did in the book, making sure to leave some white so the mice can hide from the cat.

Our next project was a color wheel.

We were supposed to glue it to the paper, but Tabitha wanted to be able to spin it like the wheel of color they saw at the Bubble Trouble show I posted about last week.

And then we did some drip painting.

Even Hannah took a turn:

Then I found a great related activity over at Mon Petite Artiste: My Little Artist.

It's not too late for you to join in on this great art class for preschoolers.  Did I mention it is FREE.  Unless you want to order the pdf's so you can have copies for yourself. Next week we are focusing on "line."

I will be posting a separate post for our F lessons and our St. Patrick's Day lessons.

I am linking to:

Tot School

Shibley Smiles


  1. love all there amazing art! so glad you liked my handprint color mixing it is so much fun to do and a great keepsake at the same time :)

  2. I have forgot to add the link tool:) Thanks for your link, know you have it on my site. Love your hands mixing activity.

  3. Love the mouse paint activity. Too cute!

  4. Wow! You did a LOT Of painting! How lovely and how fun! We love doing the ones where you fold the paper in half... but your colour theory ones are great too! Need to more of that!

    Thank you for stopping Kids Get Crafty and linking up!


  5. I love the color mixing activity, I have that on my list of things to do with my daughter.

  6. I love your exploration of color~

    Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  7. Looks like an awesomely messy and fun week. :)

  8. Looks like you had a great week!! Could you please share a link for the free art lessons you mentioned? I would love to try them out with my daughter! :)

  9. Thank you for sharing the link! What a great resource!

  10. The art projects are great. We love Mouse Paint book too. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  11. LOVE the mouse cut outs!! I might have to try that one! And my children would really like to come to school at your house. We were supposed to paint today but I chickened out. My kids dont know, though :).


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