Tag Archive: storytelling

Art & Storytelling: Apples by Nikki McClure

This week we worked off Nikki McClure’s, Apple. Her wonderful paper cuts areĀ bold and graphic and her single word storytelling format allows for children to fill in the blanks and use their observation and imagination to tell the rest of the story. We warmed up our senses by doing apple spice play dough. I used…

Celebrating Spring: Birds

First I must credit the amazing Patty at Deep Space Sparkle for the inspiration and foundation lesson plan. You can visit her online shop for amazing art lesson plans at amazing deals. And no she didn’t pay me to say that!! Patty mostly works with K-6 grade and while the bulk of my students are…

Art & Literacy: Dr. Seuss Fish

I love Dr. Seuss because he’s witty, creative, and fills the imagination with as many goofy illustrations as fanciful word plays and rhymes. To wrap up our three week session of Art & Literacy I introduced Dr. Suess through the first nine pages of “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish”. I decided to…

Art & Literacy: Lois Ehlert Clay Flowers

Lois Ehlert’s, Planting a Rainbow, was a great fit for Studio Sprout’s summer curriculum because it combines the themes of art and garden. I love Ehlert’s educational approach through simple story telling and bold visuals. Planting a Rainbow is a great read because it gives children the opportunity to name colors, shapes and flowers.  …

Art & Literacy: Eric Carle Collage

We started our three week Art & Literacy session with Eric Carle’s book The Hungry Caterpillar. I love how storytelling can communicate a theme and inspire art. Usually we start class inside and move outdoors for a second project of free-time, but for this class we took advantage of the warm weather and circled up…

Celebrating Spring: Paper Bag Butterflies

This project was inspired by the Artful Parent recycled paper bag heart project. Instead of hearts we adapted the projects to fit our spring theme. Our project became butterflies with a recycled twist! Since flowers and butterflies are such a large part of our spring season in Santa Cruz, CA, I began the class by…

Celebrating Spring: Salt Dough Animal Impressions

Story telling has been an increasingly regular part of my curriculum. I use books as tools for communicating themes and abstract concepts that tie into the project of the day. Stories and illustrations help children tune in deeper and enable them to grasp ideas that they normally wouldn’t understand via dialogue. It can also help…

The Five Senses: Sight

To celebrate our sense of sight and the fact we can see an amazingly rich and diverse color spectrum I planned a day devoted to the rainbow. Humans are gifted with the ability to see a wide spectrum of color unlike other animals, for example dogs, who have only two types of cones in their…

The Five Senses: Taste

The second week of our Five Senses session focused on taste. I intentionally avoid edible projects in the studio because I don’t want to give a mixed message to students that it’s okay to put materials in their mouth one day and not the next. For one day only I decided to venture into unknown…

The Five Senses: Touch

Developing Studio Sprout curriculum feeds my creative bug and truly satisfies my soul. Sometimes I’ll get on a kick and jam out several months of fun themes and inspiring projects. The Five Senses has been simmering in the background for quite a while and I’m so glad to finally bring it into reality. So far…