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.
It is important for each child to have their own journal for this activity. Depending on your class size and budget, you can use traditional sketchbooks or easily create your own art journals. The materials can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like, and this is a great time to try out new art techniques. The teacher’s role is to facilitate the activity by providing inspiration, encouragement, and unique material combinations. I generally set out just a few choices of materials for each session.
Use this list of materials as a starting point for art journaling in your classroom:
Some examples of art journaling:
Watercolor paints, pictures found in magazines, glue sticks
Dot markers, Washable markers, Tissue paper shapes, Glue sticks
Stamps, Ink pads, Colored Pencils
Black marker, watercolor paints
Colored pencils, letters found in magazines, glue sticks