Artwork Inspired by Mo Willems

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“When I design a character, it’s very important to me that a four year old can reasonably draw that character… I want those characters to become so alive that kids create their own comics, their own books, using my characters.” – Mo Willems

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Colorful Collages

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Reading The Scraps Book and creating colorful art collages is the perfect way to introduce preschoolers to our process art series inspired by our favorite illustrators.  Lois Ehlert describes her childhood and how she began creating art in this book.  She shares beautiful images of her work space, the materials she selects, and notes from her art process. (more…)

Process Art Inspired by Favorite Illustrators

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Picture books are such a valuable learning tool.  They create opportunities for kids to learn about themselves and the world around them.  The illustrations allow even the youngest children to make connections to their own experiences.

In this series, we are going to explore the creative processes of some of our favorite illustrators and use their artwork as inspiration for art journaling.  This is a fun way to introduce kids to unique ways of creating art and show them the value of trying out a new process.

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Building Positive Relationships with Families

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Working with families can be one of the most challenging parts of being an early childhood educator.  In order to help build confident learners, teachers and parents have to work together to create a safe and supportive learning environment.  It is important for us as educators to be confident in our teaching while also doing our best to meet the needs of each family.

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Art Journaling

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Art journaling is a great opportunity for preschool children to experience different types of art materials and allow them to experiment with them freely.  I try to incorporate art journals at least once a week in the classroom.  While I occasionally give specific prompts, art journaling is most successful when children are simply given a few open ended materials and are allowed to create anything they would like.  When teachers prioritize process over product, children are a lot more willing to take risks and try something new.   (more…)