Preschool Classroom Art Area

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The art area should be available to children as a free choice.


  • Creativity and imagination, while allowing for self-expression
  • Concepts such as colors, shapes, lines, properties, textures, cause and effect, problem-solving, sizes, symmetry, design, balance, patterns, etc.
  • Conceptualization
  • Small muscle development and eye-hand coordination
  • Appropriate outlet for anger or frustration

Supervision and Tips:

  • Have all related materials and supplies nearby and accessible
  • Locate this area on tile and near a sink if possible
  • Do not "fix" a child’s work, or create "models" or samples for the children to copy
  • Ask the child if he/she would like for you to write down his/her words about the picture (dictation – encourages pre-reading/writing awareness)
  • Teach children to assist in, and be responsible for, cleaning up any mess

Suggested Materials:

  • Paint Brushes - Variety of Sizes
  • Paint Rollers - Variety of Patterns
  • Eye Droppers for Painting
  • Feathers for Painting
  • Kitchen Utensils that Provide Unique prints (Potato Masher)
  • Wall Paper
  • Contact paper
  • Pudding
  • Brightly Colored Glue
  • Spray Bottles Filled with Water Or Paint
  • Dental Floss for String Painting
  • Variety of Paper in Colors, Textures And Sizes
  • Marbles and Anything that Rolls For Painting
  • Foil
  • Sandpaper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Sand, Sawdust, Dirt
  • Clear Shower Curtain
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Rolls of Brightly Colored Masking tape
  • Unusual Cake Pans or Molds For Marble Painting
  • Tree Bark for Rubbings
  • Beads, Baubles, Jewels, etc. for Collage items
  • Small Collectibles from Nature For Collage Making
  • Lacing Yarns
  • Variety of Scissors
  • Markers
  • Crayon Melting Tray
  • Easel
  • Acrylic Table or Trays