As well as my dream to be a set designer i also want to 'teach' art to children ('teach' is not the right word, i know). Anyway, i am starting soon with a very small group of four year olds and am very excited at the prospect of sharing art with little ones and helping to enrich their life more at a young age. I dont have any formal training in art or as an art teacher - i follow my instincts. The emphasis on recycling is very important to me and reference to famous artists and nature will also play a big part...i would be so grateful if anyone could give me any tips or ideas on the topic or if there are any relevant sites...

13 Comments:

  1. cruststation said...
    Hi Julie, it's great that you have the opportunity to fulfil some of your dreams. I hope this website will help with your creative ideas: Kiddley (http://kiddley.com/) brimming with bright ideas, fun projects, links to great web finds and quick tips for parents to take away and enjoy with their kids.
    risa said...
    congratulations! that sounds great! are you familiar with lizette greco? she does wonderful things with her kids art...you should check it ou: http://www.lizettegreco.com/gallery041.htm
    bugheart said...
    boy that's awesome!
    i am so excited for you...
    i think it would be great
    to have insects
    (i know, i am biased)
    but they are so colorful
    and inspiring...
    is there a way
    to send you
    a bug box
    (i bet there are
    some strict
    regulations)
    but maybe i could...
    butterflies
    and beetles
    in real life
    are so colorful
    and
    inspiring...
    as for artists...
    let me think
    on that...
    i'd say beautifully
    illustrated
    children's books
    are what got me...
    have you read
    the moomins?
    http://www.moomin.fi/moomin.htm
    simple me said...
    That's really good news. Hurray! I'm so happy for you. :)
    The kids are going to love it. If I come across anything that I think may be of help I will let you know straight away.
    Above all trust you instincts and you will be alright...and show them the inspiration you always leave for us in here.

    I also like lizette greco that Risa mentioned.
    Have you tried the library? Is there a university library with education studies nearby?

    So happy! <:)

    ps: I just noticed the roots at the bottom of the page. Wonderful!
    capello said...
    I wanted to get a degree in Art Therapy and work with children that had expereinced a major life trauma. I'd still like to do that someday.

    I think you'll have an awesome time -- good luck on your new endeaver!
    lisa s said...
    so so so exciting!

    when i taught art to kids we had parents bring in lots of "stuff" they they thought might be garbarge and we turned it into art...

    i found it was really helpful to have a theme for the day - like space - or something really specific and then move thru different ways of making - drawing, painting, 3D all related to that theme. [if it was space then glue turned into moon juice.... ]

    you are going to be great!
    Wendy said...
    I don't think you need any advice, you will be fantastic. I'm very excited for you.
    maditi said...
    congratulations on the new project!!
    sorry, I don´t have any tips, would like to join the little ones ;)
    nichola said...
    It all sounds great! I look forward to reading all about it.
    I went to a 'craft as a career' seminar today and a guy called Simon Spain talked about his work with kids. You can find more info at www.artplay.com.au I hope it helps.
    shari said...
    julie, hello.

    have you seen the work being done in the preschools of reggio emilia italy? their way of approaching art is so exciting...and also incorporates lots of recycling. i have tons of books on the subject. email if you'd like to talk about it more. xo s
    little miss pea said...
    hello! how about familyfun.com? i love it that they have categories like age groups, themes, etc that make surfing through the site a breeze. kidscraftweekly.com is lovely too! the instructional photographs make the projects even more enjoyable. the projects on these sites are so fun that even when i'm not teaching, i feel like making them myself. :)
    tiel S-K said...
    hey there Julie. This sounds like so much fun. My background is in teaching adults, and I have heard that children are much easier..not as much baggage so to speak. www.kinderart.com. is one reference I have seen. I saw a site the other day,(I can't remember the name sorry) but they used polystyene trays to make prints from. You know the ones you can buy fruit/veg and meat on. Just wash them and then use a pencil to make marks into (intaglio process) or add string and other flat objects to make a nice raised surface. Then roll it with ink and print onto paper.

    My son loves making scenes from something in an empty shoe box.

    Good luck with it.
    nesty said...
    good luck with your new adventure julie! from what i've seen of your work/enthusiasm/talent you are going to make a wonderful & inspiring teacher...those kids are going to love you!! wishing you all the best & congratulations on fulfilling another creative dream :)

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