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Preschool Palooza! Fun Class Series Just for Preschoolers!

Preschoolers are natural artists. They love colors and shapes and textures, and many enjoy the chance to play with and experiment with different materials to create something new.


A class series at Crystal Bridges offers them the opportunity to do just that—one morninig a week for three weeks!  The Preschool Art Class, beginning Saturday, September 9, introduces a new style of artmaking each week, and preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) and their caregivers can create artworks together.


Each class session will include play time, artmaking, and storytime centered around the theme for the day.  The first class, Portrait Perfect, will focus on portraits of people and animals.  The first class will begin studio,  enjoying some creative play and looking at some artworks from the museum’s collection that feature people and their pets together.  Then we’ll start making some art!


Joan Brown (1938-1990)
Self-Portrait with Fish and Cat, 1970
Oil enamel on board

 Joan Brown loved to swim, and she loved her pets.
Her self-portrait includes a fish and a cat.
What kind of animal are you most like?  


The fun begins with kids looking at themselves in a mirror and using dry erase markers to trace the lines and shapes of their faces right on the surface. Two eyes, two ears, one mouth, and one nose:  putting them all together to make a face.  Next, they’ll be using cut paper, fabric, yarn, and other materials to create a mixed-media self-portrait on paper. Little ones will enjoy the different textures and effects that can produce by using different materials.  Finally, they’ll be creating another portrait of their favorite pet or other animal to make a “mask” of sorts for their portrait, turning their picture into a funny animal/human combination!



The next session will focus on places:  pictures of people in their environment.  And will include making a mixed-media picture of a place that is special to each child, complete with a photograph of themselves inside it.


Faith Ringgold, b. 1930
“Maya’s Quilt of Life,” 1989
Acrylic on canvas and painted, dyed, and pieced fabrics
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR



Faith Ringgold’s Maya’s Quilt of Life is a mixed-media artwork that shows the author Maya Angelou walking in her beautiful garden full of flowers.
What is one of your favorite places?  Is it indoors or outdoors? 
What colors, fabrics, or shapes, would you use to make a picture of it?


Finally, the last class will look at artworks that focus on family, followed by a fun printmaking activity using Styrofoam and paint.


George Benjamin Luks (1867 – 1933)
“In the Corner,” ca. 1920-1921
Oil on board
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas


In George Benjamin Luks’s painting In the Corner, two children are telling secrets and laughing together.
Maybe they are cousins, or maybe they are sisters.
Who are your family members? What do you enjoy doing together?


Space is still available in this Preschool Art Class!  Click here to learn more, or to register today!

Linda DeBerry
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