sandpaper and yarn pictures

Sandpaper and Yarn Pictures

Once a week I am going to be teaching and art enrichment for the 3 and 4 year olds and the topic is going to be Elements of Art and last week and this week I am talking about ‘line’ with the group. 
We read a story; Ish by Peter Reynolds to open the class and talk about how we view our art and the art of others. 
Then I got out a ball of yarn and gave the end to a child and asked them to stand where ever they wanted in the classroom. Then I asked the next child to chose a spot in the class and unrolled the yarn to them, keeping the line taut and asked them to hold the next piece. We did this until each child had chosen a spot and was holding a piece of yarn. In the end we talked about how it was still one line even though it had bends, twists and turns. Then I asked the kids to tell me what it looked like, they had said things like a house and a spiderweb.  
The next project was “emotional lines” where the children got a piece of paper and a box of markers, I asked them to choose a happy color and draw me happy lines. I got a lot of rounded and swirls shapes. Then they chose a scared color and drew scared lines, these were much more strait and jagged, it was interesting to compare the two!
The last project was the sandpaper and yarn pictures and this was really fun! We cut different lengths of colored yarn and they used them to make pictures on the sandpaper. The yarn stuck to the rough sand paper in the same manner of how velcro works. They were really interested in how this worked and played with it for a while before they came up with “colorful rainbows”, “a house”, “a face” and “spiderwebs”.

3 Responses to Sandpaper and Yarn Pictures

  1. Lindsay September 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    What a fun project! You always have the best ideas to do with little ones. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kara @ Mine for the Making September 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Fantastic lesson Michelle! You are such a great teacher…I wish Luci could take art class from you :)

    Love the idea of the yarn and having all of the kids get up and participate. I also love how you allowed choice for the “happy” and “scared” colors and lines.

    I am pinning this (duh) and trying the sandpaper/yarn art with Luci for sure!

  3. Mama to 4 September 13, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    WHAT A GREAT IDEA - MY DAUGHTER WOULD LOVE THIS - THANK YOU FOR SHARING!