Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Painting without brushes

This is a simple, but fun lesson that I got from 123 I Can Paint, by Irene Luxbacher. This book has some excellent lessons for younger students. I use this specific lesson to teach primary and secondary colors, as well as complimentary colors. It takes about thirty minutes, but if you want to let them actually mix their own secondary colors, you can stretch it out a bit. It's a great time filler and easy enough for 3-5 year old students. You will need color construction paper or I like the color railroad board, tempera paint, paper towels and a lot of 3 x 3 (or various sized) cardboard squares. Place a small blob of paint to the far left side of the paper (as high up as you want your building to be). I always demo this process once for the students---with the cardboard square, have the students pull the paint downward, off the edge of the paper. I usually put the complimentary colors beside each other so I can introduce this concept. Repeat this process across your paper, varying the colors and the "heights" or placement of the paint blobs-they can even overlap some to add perspective. Next, do a black blob of paint at the bottom and pull it across horizontally to make the road. Now with a wadded up piece of paper towel and some white paint, dab some clouds across the sky-they can even go over the tops of some of the buildings to make the sky scrapers seem "in the clouds". With the end of a paint brush, I have the students use yellow or white paint to add windows to the buildings, black paint for birds in the sky, and yellow for the lines on the road.


  1. I love that you found our blog Thingswithwings and I love that I have found yours! I teach preschool art at a Christian preschool and now you have inspired me! It's so tough to find new ideas for 3-5 yr. olds! Anyway, just wanted to touch base with you and let you know how excited I was to read your blog!!! Connie, the "momma winger"

  2. I love your blog! Your art lessons are wonderful...just adore the collages.
    Patty Deep Space Sparkle

  3. So glad I found your blog. It sounds like we're on similar paths. I also started teaching art 3 years ago. I opened a little place called P'zazz Art Studio and have been growing ever since. I'd love to hear some of your ideas for Mommy and Me classes. I've had lots of people suggest I do those but I'm not sure of what activities to do that will be meaningful and turn out cute! I


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