Monday, September 28, 2020

Masterpiece Monday at Home


Masterpiece Monday is an important part of the MCP curriculum.  Art is very important to your child's development.  We connect art to math, science, literature, geography and so much more.  How do you start?  Start with colors.  
Introduce the names of primary and secondary colors.  Talk about warm and cool colors (don't do this all at one sitting😁)

Want to do more?  Invest in some inexpensive craft acrylic paints.  The basic colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purples, white, black and brown)  are what we use and then we will lighten and darken with white and black. Your favorite on-line superstore or craft store will have 8 x 10 canvases that are the perfect size for preschoolers.  
Build your child's vocabulary-canvas, palette, smock and art gallery.  We used to use Styrofoam egg cartons for paints and have moved to paper plates for easy painting and easy clean up.  Large yogurt tubs are filled with water to clean brushes.  A kitchen washcloth is used to dry brushes (they used to be white. Now they are beautiful) 

Try not to interfere with your child's work.  Try not to make suggestions.  One of the most important lesson children learn in creating art is decision making.  We tell them it is 'their art' and let them enjoy the experience of creating something that is uniquely theirs.  Big stuff for our preschoolers! 

Experiment with colors.  Food coloring and water.  It's that simple.  It's science.  Preschool science is about exploration, discovery and FUN!  

Sensory bottles!  Have some fun with colors and your child!  

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