Art appreciation activities for toddlers

Last week we spent some time engaging in some art appreciation! Check out these kid-friendly activities with your little ones!


Method: Post-Impressionism



The post impressionist movement involved artists using their works to evoke emotions. One such work was A Starry Night—which makes me feel calm but a little sad at the same time.


To make a kid version of A Starry Night, all you’ll need is:


-Blue construction paper

-Oil pastel crayons


After examining the painting with the help of a magnifying glass, the little guy practiced making his nighttime stars with the oil pastel crayons!


Method: Neoplasticism



Neoplasticism is the next stop on our art appreciation tour! This method was coined by Piet Mondrian. It consists of colored squares and rectangles on a white background.


To explore Neoplasticism with your little one, you’ll need:


-Construction paper

-Scissors (adult or child use)

-Glue

-Small paper plate


You can prep for this activity by pre-cutting squares and rectangles or you can have your older child practice their cutting skills. Once ready, the little guy dipped the squares in glue and stuck them to a piece of paper. Ideally we should have used white construction paper for our background but the little guy insisted on green!


Method: Abstract Expressionism



This method was made famous by Jackson Pollock as he poured and splattered paint onto his canvas. He would work from a horizontal rather than vertical surface which enabled him to work from a variety of angles.


One way to explore this method with little ones is by using string with paint! If you’re brave, you can try pouring and splattering paint but I prefer to have controlled chaos sometimes! What we did was pour some paint on a plate and dipped the string in paint and transferred it to the paper.


It’s a great way to practice fine motor skills and experience with different painting utensils too!

Method: Pointillism



Pointillism is a painting technique made famous by Georges Seurat. It involves using incredibly small strokes or dots that blend together at a distance to create a noticeable object.


To make pointillism kid-friendly, we used dot markers and dot stickers. Both of these are more exaggerated than the traditional pointillism but they are dots nonetheless and it’s easier for young kids to grasp the concept.

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