Open-ended art anyone?

Discussion in 'Preschool' started by Miss J. Pre-K, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Miss J. Pre-K

    Miss J. Pre-K Comrade

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2008
    Messages:
    384
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 5, 2013

    I'm looking for ideas for art ideas that are open-ended, meaning the kids don't have to follow my instructions or I don't have to cut out a lot of pieces, etc. I'm teaching in a special-needs pre-school and I have two kids with autism and two with other syndromes that create global delays. I find that I'm having to basically do their craft for them, which is not cool. I always have lots of art materials available, but how do I set up art situations to go along with a theme that are open-ended?
     
  2.  
  3. scmom

    scmom Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2007
    Messages:
    2,192
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 5, 2013

    This is one of the best resources I have found:

    http://www.artfulparent.com/artfulparent/

    Explore the site which is organized by type of art - watercolors, paint, suncatchers, etc. for tons of great ideas.
     
  4. MissScrimmage

    MissScrimmage Fanatic

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,557
    Likes Received:
    62

    Jan 5, 2013

    My students love having time for free exploration of materials. One afternoon I put out paints, boxes, fabric, tape, etc. and just let them go at it. Bliss!
     
  5. Blue

    Blue Aficionado

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2005
    Messages:
    3,602
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 6, 2013

    Check out a book, "Don't Move the Muffin Tins." It has a lot of creative art.

    Here are some ideas that I used years ago"

    Using the colors of your theme, have them paint on the back side of paper that has some outlines of your theme. For instance, I would have them paint gold and yellow, and cut out fish shapes on the other side.

    Put salt in the paint. Lots of salt. Let them paint items that look great shiney.

    Stickers or sticky paper. Sometimes I put out clear contact and let them stick paper shapes on it. Fold it over and you have a great collage.

    Take a paper plate and punch holes around the outer edge. Have them "sew" with yarn. (At Halloween we put a spider on it.)

    Stamping. I like the cookie cutters from Hallmark. They have a wider rim. Turn them rim side down, give the students some paint, and let them stamp on paper.

    I will keep thinking.
     
  6. mrs_sarahscott

    mrs_sarahscott Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2012
    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 6, 2013

    scmom, thanks for that website! It's one of my New Year's resolultions to be more creative with my art.

    :) Sarah
     
  7. WaProvider

    WaProvider Fanatic

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2008
    Messages:
    2,664
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 7, 2013

    I love Bes Bos (Don't Move The Muffin Tin)....How did you know?
     
  8. Blue

    Blue Aficionado

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2005
    Messages:
    3,602
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 9, 2013

    WA, I think you went to school about the same time I did. Bev Bos and her book were Bibles of art for PS teachers.
     
  9. jbrinkm

    jbrinkm Companion

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2010
    Messages:
    175
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 9, 2013

    Coffee filters and washable markers...

    Have students color heavily on filters then dispense (varied ways - spray, drip, splash) water on it. Colors will bleed together. Colors will bleed onto anything underneath to create an additional patterning effect.

    These can be used in so many ways - overlaying on something else or ripping them when wet; crumpled, folded, cut, glued, taped, etc. when dry. Create a parachute with yarn. Create hats. Simple process for kids but complex possibilities.

    Also, this time of year I am loving the shaving cream/glue puffy combo. Pile it up, smooth it flat, embed things into it , sprinkle things on top of it (glitter, leaf crumble), stand things up in it (sticks, straws), put it into a bag then cut the corner and draw/write with it. Let it dry on wax paper and then use again for another project.
     
  10. childcaresoup

    childcaresoup Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2012
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 13, 2013

    Good ideas...

    We've found painting projects tend to work best as an open-ended art activity. Several of our hand print projects are simple and can be engaging for autistic children.

    On our site, you can search for projects by difficulty level, time and skills required (e.g. fine motor, color recognition etc.). Just click the icons in the left gutter under "Quick Browse" to filter the list.

    Our programmers have set up the site to allow for several recipe views before it starts nagging you to create an account. If you'd like a free account just private message me and I'll set one up for you.

    One of the children at the preschool that provided some of the seed projects for our website is autistic. I'll check with the teacher to see if she can recommend any projects in particular and get back to you.
     

Share This Page

test