Cookie Sheet Coloring Board

From the archives:

At the Waldorf school where we have our parent-child classes, the
children use a strong piece of cardboard covered with brown paper on
which to color. Not only does this allow each child to have his or her
own workspace and helps to keep crayon off the table, but it also
serves as a perfectly smooth surface so that no dirt or imperfections
on the table. A quick and easy substitute would be an old cookie


Children and Art

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Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality. (John Dewey)

Jackson Pollock painting, Spring 2008

You may have picked up on our new-found enthusiasm for Blue Baillett’s Chasing Vermeer. It has a lot going for it. After reading the books, my kids became very interested in Pentaminos and we ordered a class pack so each child has their own. We’ve checked out some books on Vermeer, and they’ve tried (in vain) to get me to buy the $20 art book from Borders. They may succeed yet. They’re also trying to get me to use my Swagbucks to buy Lo! by Charles Fort. Most of all, we’ve had some great discussions about art.

Art, Rhythms and Routines

Developing a Weekly Art Rhythm

From the archives…

Since we have been talking about art, this might be a good time to
plan out your own weekly art rhythm.
Not only will you want to explore what you want to get done and what
day you wish to do it, but you may also want to pick a time and commit
to your child that every day (or every other day or whatever works for
your family) you will have art time. Our art time is following nap and
snack. We may do “projects” at other times, but we always have a
standing date after snack! I guess what I am trying to say is that you
really do have to be intentional about it. For the longest time, I
wanted to do art projects, but something always got in the way. The
easiest way to be held accountable to a predictable art time is to
tell your child- they will definitely not let you out of it!


Making Coloring Special

From the archives…

Having come from a cognitive development/early childhood education
background, I have often found my “preschool side” at odds with my
“Waldorf side.” The preschool teacher in me felt that my son needed
access to art materials at all times, whenever he wanted them. Paper,
crayons, markers, glue, scissors, play dough- he had it all. He also
slowly lost it all. The markers went when he colored his baby sister,
and the glue disappeared when I caught him eating it. The scissors
were being incorporated into barbershop play, and one day I entered
the playroom to discover everything he could find stuck into a large
pile of glue. When his new paint tray holder arrived (just beautiful,
and very reasonably priced, from he “christened” the
unfinished white pine by scribbling the jar holders with beeswax
crayons. Thank goodness for Goo Gone! So… the crayons went on
vacation, as did the paper. Now, I am beginning to realize something.
This was just way too much for my just-turned-three-year-old.