Tag Archive: wacky tools

Printmaking & Painting with Wacky Tools

Materials Needed: White Paper (sulphite or cardstock work great) Tempera Paint (we use washable colorations and love it!) Paint Brushes Foam Rollers Other Tools We Used: Bubble Wrap Yarn Blocks Sponges Scrapers Kitchen Tools (mashers, basting brush, etc) Corks plastic combs Recycled foam packing trays squeeze bottles of paint (optional) There are countless ways to…

Open-ended Art: Clay Play

I feel like every time I write a blog post about clay I talk about how it’s an incredibly magical medium…because it is! Out of all the different projects I’ve done, materials I present, prompts I give, tools I offer, nothing captures my student’s attention like clay. Tantrums, grumpiness, hunger, distraction all dissipate when a…

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…

Collaboration I: Paint and Contact Paper Collage

This week marks the beginning of a new session. The theme for the next five week is Collaboration and Teamwork. Each week students will work together to make one large piece or collaborate to make a series of small works. Teamwork will be emphasized through books, games, and group activities. Techniques will include: drawing, painting, printmaking,…

Painting with Wacky Tools, Plunger Prints, and Spring Sensory Box

It was fascinating watching toddlers and young children walk in the studio, sit down at the table and intuitively know how to paint and print with all the wacky tools I had set in the middle for their use. The theme of this week’s art making was experimentation with wacky household tools such as sponges,…