May 23, 2013

Veggie Prints: Art at the Daycare

Veggie Prints: Art at the Daycare

This was my third week to teach art at Calvin's daycare. The daycare has it's own garden, which the children tend regularly. I taught the Two Year Old Class, and Gardening was the theme for the week. I thought veggie prints would be easy and fun for them.


Doing Prep Work at Home

  • I purchased three red peppers and three red potatoes at the grocery and cut them in half. I made the cleanest, straightest cut I could.  A crooked cut wouldn't print evenly.
  • I found some old, unused tea bags, and I opened the bags and poured the dry tea into a container.  This tea would become our pretend dirt.
  • I poured red paint in an 8 inch square container and yellow paint into another. 
  • I wrote each child's name on a piece of white paper.

Setting Up the Art Center

When I got to the classroom it was empty.  The children were playing outside. This gave me a few minutes to get the Art Center ready.  I taped a plastic shower curtain, cut in half, onto one of the classroom tables. I set out six chairs and put everything within easy reach: paint, vegetables, and paper.

Introducing the Art Lesson

When the children came in from the playground, they sat on the classroom rug.  I sat on the rug with them. When it was time for the lesson, I stood in front of them.  We talked about their garden, and how they had flowers and vegetables growing out of the dirt.  

  • I showed them the pepper, and we practiced saying 'red'.
  • I showed them how the pepper was cut in half, and we counted the parts: 'one, two'.
  • I repeated the same procedure for the red potato. 
  • I demonstrated how to make red and yellow vegetable prints on a piece of white paper.

Teaching the Art Lesson

  • I called the children back to the Art Center in groups of six.
  • Three of the children printed with the peppers and the red paint.
  • The other three children printed with the potatoes and the yellow paint.
  • When they were done, I helped the children trade and print with the other vegetable.   

  • I  placed a teaspoon full of tea in each child's hand, and they dumped their 'pretend dirt' onto their paper.

  • With that the prints were done.  The children went over to wash their hands, and I called the next group back to print. 

Evaluating the Lesson

This lesson went very well, and the results were striking. The warm red and yellow paint contrasted nicely with the black tea. All the children printed, but some were more into it than others. I know they had a great time, and so did I.

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1 comment:

  1. I love how you wrote it all up. I bet you are having so much fun!!


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