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Imagination Paintings

Level: Primary
Grades: K-2 | Age: 5-8 | Written by: Maryanne Messier
[Maryanne is a teacher from Janesville Wisconsin.]

Students make paintings from their own imaginations using tempera paint.


This Art Book was created to help art educators by giving them another form of assessment. So many times we as art educators find it difficult to assess a child's progress when projects are sent home. By using portfolio assessment it is easier to judge a child's progress because you can see it from beginning to end.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Talk to students about using their imaginations to create paintings.

  2. Explain that their imagination is the best tool that they have to create any kind of artwork.

  3. Have them wake up their imaginations (I had them close their eyes and say "wake up imagination, wake up"). You may use any creative way to get them excited about using their imaginations.

  4. Once they have done that, they need to get their materials and paint shirts. Review the rules about painting (whatever your rules are)

  5. After all of that has been completed they may begin. Don't tell them what they can or cannot paint, just "turn them loose"- so to speak- to create their paintings. It's so interesting to see just what they really are capable of.

  6. When all is said and done, and the paintings are dry, they can glue them onto the paper for their artbook, and then glue the tag that goes with it (When I use my imagination, I can create anything).

    Make sure their names and dates are on the back. You have successfully completed page 7 of the art book.

Go to Page Eight (About the Artist)

Related Lessons and Resources:

Imagination handout
The Art Book - Index

Recommended Books/Products:

Teaching Art to Young Children ages 4-9
by Robert Barnes

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