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The Kindergarten Child
Highlighted Art Concept: Identity


Similar to the pre-K child, the Kindergartener is getting to know "Me". Who am I? What do I like? Who are the people I'll meet and how do they help me? Getting to know school routines and how to be responsible for taking care of materials and supplies that are used in the art room are aspects of the everyday life of a Kindergartener.

Examples of Art Lessons for the Kindergarten Child:

  1. Create self-portraits by having students remember what they know about themselves or by looking in a mirror. Encourage children to use color and experiment with colored pencils, crayons, pastels or paint. Share how famous artists did self-portraits: Van Gogh, Matisse, Klee, and Warhol. Read and discuss My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss.
  2. Create a mask from a selection of materials: paper, paper mache, cardboard, or found materials. Embellish masks with yarns, raffia, buttons, or other easy to apply materials. What do masks say about the identity an artist is trying to project? Look at masks made by artists across many cultures. For what purpose or occasion were they used?


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