Art of the Ancient Greece

The little artists visited Ancient Greece last week. It was one of my favorite lessons, especially because the kids found the materials so engaging they did not want to finish working. It was really nice seeing 3/4-year-olds working on the same project for 30 minutes and not wanting to move on.

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We did mosaics with colorful rectangles of paper. Then we used sharpies to decorate the little plates you put underneath flower pots – and called it: pottery decoration. This was the most engaging part. Kids were so careful not to break them and felt so grown-up adding patterns and designs to the plate, its side and its bottom…

The kids who actually did finish built temples from wooden blocks and took a part in our mini-Olympic games. Next time: Asia.

Australia in art

Australian Aboriginal art is very fun project for the kids of all ages.

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We have talked about the dream-like qualities of the artworks, about the symbols and hidden meanings in them, the patterns and colors… and then every child picked one Australian animal and cut it out of black paper. They glued it onto an Earth-tone paper and used q-tips dipped in paint to fill the rest of the page with fluid shapes and patterns. It was a little challenging for the smaller kids (5-6) to fill the whole page but they all did it… and spent the rest of the time trying to make a paper boomerang that would fly.