January 30, 2017

Weird and Wacky Face Puppets

Weird and Wacky Face Puppets 

Today was Art Center Sarasota's second Mini Monet class.  There were two students (age 3 and 5), each accompanied by a parent.

Today's lesson focused on warm colors (red, yellow, orange) and cool colors (green, blue, purple).  The children learned that artists use warm colors to create a happy, cozy mood and cool colors to create a calm, relaxed mood.

Today the children used paint and collage to create weird and wacky face puppets.  


  • First we looked at a collage by Romare Bearden to discover the funny, unusual faces he created from cut paper.
  • Then we went to the gallery and found paintings and collages containing warm and cool colors. 
  • We even found a weird and wacky face in the gallery.  The artist had made it from nuts, bolts, and gears, etc.  

Teaching the Lesson:

  • Painting was first on the list of things to do.  Each child had to choose three of the warm/cool colors to paint with.  They could choose all warm, all cool, or a mixture, depending on the mood they wanted to create for their puppet.  
  • Once the choices were made, everyone got busy using a foam brush to cover a piece of 8.5" x 11" mat board with paint.  It would become the base for our puppet's head.

Break Time:

  • While the paint dried, we went outside for a short break.  The children needed to get some wiggles out, so we played a game I call MOVE IT.


Everyone watched as I spread warm and cool colored rectangles around the grass.  
I began to call out directions:
  •     Hop on one foot to a warm color.
  •     Jump with two feet to a cool color.
  •     Walk like a giant to your favorite color and tell me if it's warm or cool. 
  •     Etc.   

Back in the Classroom:

  • I introduced the collage portion of our art project with a puppet show using a weird and wacky face I had made at home.   It had a paint stirrer hot glued to the bottom as a handle making it a stick puppet.

We all sat on the floor in a circle, and I made the puppet talk to the children.  It told them about it's eyes made from bottle caps, nostrils made from buttons, hair made from craft sticks, and mouth made from construction paper with beads for teeth.

By the time the show ended, the children understood how they too could use unusual items to make a face for their puppets.

I had already placed a variety of collage items, each in its own container, lined up on a table like a smorgasbord of treats for the children and parents to select from.

  • Everyone got to work arranging and gluing their puppet's face.

Items that couldn't be glued on with school glue, were attached by the parents with hot glue.

  • Here are the finished faces.


(Please excuse the blurry photos.  I didn't have my usual camera today.) 

Concepts explored:

  • Color: warm and cool
  • Shape: rectangle
  • Small muscle coordination
  • Following directions
  • Listening
  • Learning to paint