I’d like to share these painting lessons with parents of 3-5 year old boys and girls.  These materials are based on my work as an art instructor in a kindergarten in 2009-2013. The lessons encourage creativity, develop fine motor skills, introduce colours and shapes, and also promote speech.  This activity is to be conducted by parents that want to have quality time with their children and be a part of their early childhood development. Although it sounds serious, it’s a lot of fun and I hope you will be as excited as the kids.

Each lesson has a theme, which is presented in the gallery and the menu on the right sidebar.  It usually starts with talking with a child about the theme. Don’t be surprised if he or she already has a story about it! I usually ask very simple questions such as: what the creature’s name is, where it lives, what it eats, what it likes to do etc. Then we paint the main hero of our story.  To help the kids I show them how to do it in few simple steps (included in the materials).  The colours are completely in the children’s hands, just encourage them to name each colour they are using.

After the main character is done, we continue the story:  what it is doing, if the weather is good or bad, where  its friends are etc. The child has a complete freedom to create. Just watch, listen and encourage! You can remind to use the all space available on paper.

At the end of each lesson I show some of my students works (do not show them initially to your kids). You are welcome to share the  masterpieces of your children on this website too!

Now about the materials. For this age we will use tempera and water colours and sometimes pastels or acrylic.  In the beginning let’s take tempera blocks, shown in Fig. 1. We also need at least two soft grip paint brushes like those in Fig. 2. One brush should be square and another round. You can get them from any craft store and they last for years. You can use mixed media or watercolor paper, the size 11”x15” is perfect.

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Fig. 1. Tempera blocks

Fig2. Rectangular and round soft grip paintbrushes

You also will need a steady plastic container with water to clean brushes and a piece of paper towel. Besides, it’s good to have a stain remover handy to clean paints from the cloths.

Please, leave your comments, make suggestions and ask questions! You can do it by contacting me directly or on all pages devoted art lessons.