Every little kid is an artist, and it’s never too early to introduce them to some of the amazing art that has been created over the years. This was a more studious Storytime than usual, but we still had lots of fun!

Books

The Noisy Paintbox

by Barb Rosenstock ; illustrated by Mary GrandPre.   Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little Russian boy. He studied math and history and practiced piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. One day his Aunt gives him a paint box, and the colours hiss as he swirls them together. Not content to paint houses and flowers, Vadinsky paints music… becoming one of the first abstract artists! This was a great book about a real artist, and the kids were able to see some examples of his artwork, including one of his paintings of ‘music’.

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I Am An Artist

by Marta Altes.   Meet the boy who can’t stop creating art! He loves colours, shapes, textures and EVERYTHING inspires him: his socks, the contents of the fridge, his unfinished dinner. There’s just one problem: his mum isn’t quite so enthusiastic. But this boy has a plan to make his mum smile. He’s about to create his finest piece yet and on a very grand scale . . . but will his mum love it? Well done to the Storytime kids who knew that their art belonged on paper, and not on the walls!

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

by Eric Carle.   This is a very simple book, with very bright colours- a classic Eric Carle. It was fun getting the kids to shout out the types of animals we saw and the colours they were. Definitely a great book for encouraging interactions and identification. It also led us to look at the art of Franz Marc, whose work this book is based on. We got to see blue horses, a dancing yellow cow, and a sleepy yellow dog. The kids loved talking about what the animals in his paintings were doing.

Cover Image for The Noisy Paintbox
Cover Image for The Noisy Paintbox

Doodleday

by Ross Collins. Mum has just one thing to tell Harvey on Doodleday-no drawing allowed! But surely drawing one little fly can’t hurt?  But on Doodleday, doodles come to life! What can Harvey draw that will catch a fly? A spider! But the spider proves to be even more trouble. Only one thing is capable of stopping Harvey’s rampaging doodles… This is a really cute book, and mums will love the ending! This book led us into a really fun activity. I printed out several doodles by Pablo Picasso and had the kids guess what animals they were. They got each one straight away!

Songs

This is the way…

Use actions to act out the different techniques.   This is the way we paint our picture, paint our picture, paint our picture.   This is the way we paint our picture when we’re all artists!   This is the way we sculpt our clay…   This is the way we use our crayons…   This is the way we cut and glue…

Craft

Artists Palette

Materials -A4 paper -Crayons -Glue -Scraps of coloured paper
Instructions -Print a picture of an artist’s palette, or draw one. -Draw circles around the edge to be ‘paint’. You can also write the name of each colour in the circles. -Colour in the palette and the paint. -Glue coloured scraps of paper to the paint circles to match the colours.