Creating a Sea of Calm

Amid the turbulent times in our world, even our youngest friends can benefit from lessons in mindfulness. Today, at the Lunchtime Literacy session at Fishtown Community Library, preschoolers learned about the emotionally calming effect of  coloring intricate images.  What makes you worry? Worrying is when you think about something too …

If I Could Fly . . . Dream Trips Inspired by Faith Ringgold

Julie Shaffer is a docent at Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. This is her second semester volunteering with Art Sphere. She loves yoga, artisan ice cream, post-modern fiction, and art history.  Julie wants to cultivate a love and appreciation of art in young children. At Fishtown Recreation Center, we celebrated …

From Realism to Abstraction: The Picasso Portrait Challenge

Julie Shaffer is a docent at Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. This is her second semester volunteering with Art Sphere. She loves yoga, artisan ice cream, post-modern fiction, and art history.  Julie wants to cultivate a love and appreciation of art in young children. What is a portrait? What makes …

Lesson Plan: Van Gogh’s Sunflowers for Preschoolers

Your Destination: Participate in museum-type observation and dialogue about Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting and paint your own version in a directed lesson. Learn how colors and strokes can express feelings. Travel Kit:  large image of a Van Gogh Sunflowers painting Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Arnholt (or other children’s …