This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to:
- Appreciate great artists and their artistic perspective.
- Explore various mediums to create art and develop an appreciation for Howardena Pindell’s artistic inspiration.
- Thick paper e.g., cardstock, cardboard or stretched canvas
- Pastels, paint, colored pencils
- Various sizes of hole punches
- Art Brushes
*Before you watch the video, please make sure all materials are ready. Watch the video at the bottom of this page!
- Start by having children use pastels and paint on paper in any creative way they want. Encourage children to fill the page with their expression of color. (**Day 1)
- When the paper has dried, provide children with various sized hole punchers NOTE: This will take some time and energy because you will need a lot. Be sure to keep the papers with the empty holes for use later so that you are working with both the positive and negative shapes. (**Day 2)
- Once ready, have the children color or paint their background canvas or paper in any way they wish. Remind them it's just a quick process to add color, not detail. NOTE: Try playing music while children paint to encourage quick and broad brushstrokes as they fill their background. (**Day 3)
- Remind the children that the circles are analogous, or represent, people. Try to consider each circle and where they place them.
- Provide glue which they may use to glue circles and negative space paper for each addition to their art design. (**Day 4)
**It is recommended to extend this experience over multiple days. When we slow down, we enrich the experience for children.
- Set up an area in your art center with paper, paint, and paper punches for children to continue punching circles and creating art in the style of Howardena Pindell.
- Provide paper and punches for children to use to help them manage frustrated feelings. What other techniques may be helpful to children to calm and refocus when feeling upset?
- Tell me about your circles? Are any of them people? If so, who are they? Can you tell me about them?
- Do you ever get frustrated or feel that things are unfair?
- What do you do when you feel that way?
- How do you help yourself feel better?
- How does your art make you feel?
- Is there a particular circle pattern that you find special or beautiful?
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