I love teaching art and I am excited that I will be teaching more art this year in kindergarten. I have been using this art project for kids for many years, with many grade levels. I continue to use it because it creates a beautiful piece of art and students always enjoy doing it. I usually use it at the beginning of the year in one of our first art classes. I use a large roll of drawing paper and tape two pieces together to give me a large sheet. I then cut it into a circle and fold it so that I have 8 sections. Depending on grade level, you could make the sections bigger for older grades and smaller for younger children.
I then give students crayons, markers and pencil crayons to being to draw. I encourage them to fill their section with pictures that tell their group about them. Students draw their favourite foods, sports equipment, hobbies and even animals. They also need to include their name. The twist on this art project is the added challenge of connecting their drawings to the person beside them. Therefore, if their elbow partner has drawn a soccer ball and the other half went onto their section, they had to keep the shape of the drawing, but turn it into something that told about them – such as a watermelon.
My favourite thing about this project is the conversations that happen when students are drawing. They talk about what they are drawing and tell stories to their group members about their pictures. This is why I love to do this project at the beginning of the year. Students no only have to work together to make their final project, but they learn about each other when doing it. I also like the fact that this art project for kids requires materials that are usually available at school or home or at least inexpensive to buy.