Ideas for the Art Center:
- Add pre-cut paper shapes in various sizes.
- Painters tape
- Rollers with ink or paint
- Encourage young artists to tape pre-cut paper shapes or torn pieces to their background paper.
- Roll ink on top of the taped pieces on the paper.
- After the ink has dried, prompt children to peel the taped paper pieces away to reveal shapes and patterns on their paper.
- The art can be a finished product or they can continue to repeat this process over and over to create a layered effect using different shapes or ink colors.
- What do you notice when you peel the paper pieces away?
- What do you notice in the white spaces on your paper? How does layering more than one shape change what’s left when you peel the paper away?
- What happens when different paint colors overlap?
TIP: Use construction paper or cardstock for durability and reusability.
Related Creative Activities
Inspired by ¿Being Home? Rupprecht Matthies, 2009.
This close looking game can be used with any visual art object and will provide an opportunity for children to look into the detail of the artwork. This activity will reinforce math skills, build vocabulary and introduce descriptive language.
Follow these steps to create a tableau, or "frozen picture," in your classroom or home! This is an effective tool for encouraging children to notice details, which is an important reading and pre-writing skill.