Pre-schoolers and elementary school children can be introduced to art history in a subtle and non-threatening way. The word “history” alone can make some parents cringe.
Let’s start kids off right, by teaching them to appreciate art history with a hands-on kids crafts.
One way to ease toddlers into art history without causing confused looks is to help kids make a modern art craft that resembles the art of Joan Miro.
Introducing Kids to Art History: Who Was Joan Miro?
Miro was a Spanish painter who created colorful and abstract paintings with shapes of colors and lines. His works are often referred to as surreal. But to young eyes, Miro knew about colors and shapes!
Parents, we can save the information about Miro and art history until later! Or keep it to ourselves.
Rather than take a traditional approach of teaching about Miro first and making the craft later, lets make the craft first, and explore the modern art possibilities using easy paper craft methods.
Materials for the the Pre-Schoolers Craft
Kids Craft: Color Choices
To stay true to the art of Miro, parents will want to include the following colors in this kids craft:
Pieces of black thread, cut into long strips.
Tools for Making the Pre-Schoolers Craft
one hot iron (to be used by one adult who likes to iron. If you know one, please let me know). Seriously, adults only please.
one crayon sharpener
broken crayons in different colors (try to use already broken crayons). Or, take this opportunity to sharpen your crayons!
Preparation for Making Miro Pre-Schoolers Craft
Kids can prepare the materials by cutting the tissue paper into different geometric and abstract shapes.
Also, they can cut the thread into long black pieces.
Finally, they can make crayon shavings. Keep the crayon shavings in recycled containers or make small piles on a piece of paper.
Preparing the Modern Art Miro Craft for Pre-Schoolers
Pre-schoolers can place the geometric shapes on the paper. Encourage pre-schoolers to combine patterns of colors and shape with some random combinations.
When they are happy with the design, they can add the long pieces of black thread.
The final step is to add the shaved crayons.
Tip: Keep the piece of wax paper on a piece of cardboard so it can be easily transferred to the ironing board without disrupting the design.
Art History: Modern Art Miro Craft: Parent’s Turn
The parent, or the adult, can now place the second sheet of wax paper onto the artwork.
Place a blank sheet of paper, or a towel on the top. Iron until the crayons and wax have melted.
When the craft is done, take some time to pick up a book on modern art or on Miro the next time you are at the library. Or, visit one of the listed web resources to see the art by Miro.
Related Web Resources
Annenberg Image Library, http://www.usc.edu/schools/annenberg/asc/projects/comm544/library/artists/MiroJoan.html
Joan Miro, California State University, http://www.mcs.csuhayward.edu/~malek/Miro.html
Miro images on Google, http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=miro&sa=N&tab=wi