Re: 2 hour Painting Workshop for 7 -12 year old
I teach k-5 art. With such a large age span you need to break each step down to it's most basic step. The younger the child the more concrete their thinking. Go one stroke at a time. Make visuals of all the steps so that older kids can move on while you work with younger students.
My I suggest landscapes? You can reassure the students that no one will count the leaves on their trees and demonstrate that trees are just a series of connected 'y's and no two trees are alike. No two skies are alike.
DON'T use the word perfection, like, "If you do it this way it will turn out perfect". When theirs doesn't look like yours, they will feel failure.
The trick is to keep it simple enough for the young ones while challenging the older kids.
If you do still lifes, stress that no ones' will look like another's project because every one has a different point of view so they shouldn't compare their work to someone else's work. This is very comforting to a child that is overly critical of their own work.
The most important thing you can do is build their confidence so they feel good about their work and want to continue to learn.
Also, take away black and neutrals and secondary colors. Teach them to mix their own. It will make it more exciting. Also, younger kids will paint everything dark.
Google 'elementary painting lesson plans' or 'elementary art lesson plans - painting'
Have fun. I hope this helps.
Last edited by jduncan : 06-19-2011 at 08:49 PM.