On becoming an artist in preschool

I have recently moved my studio into a room of our house. This is where I “think preschool!”

I love to make the room look “preschoolish.” The room is way off to itself so my husband doesn’t care what I do in here.

I have most of the furniture I will need in my studio but I need some paintings on the wall. I thought I would experiment with doing some of my favorite kind of art. You know, preschool art!

I started out with a small canvas, some tempera paint, and a couple of sponge rollers. I thought for my first fine piece of preschool artwork I would do some roller painting. Then I will move on to far more complex types of art like marble painting, string painting, swatter painting, car painting, and so on…

I put a little paint on the rollers and then just went for it. I painted freely and wildly and….

Actually – I just rolled the paint back and forth across the canvas.

Once I covered the canvas with my paint, I boldly ventured on and added a few yellow spots. I am not so sure that I like the spots but it is too late now!

So here is my final piece – it is still wet. Tomorrow I will pick a place to hang it on my wall.

>I am rediscovering how fun it is to paint and I am reminded how nice it is to paint….

  • without someone leaning over me making me worry that I might be doing something wrong or silly;
  • without someone telling me I shouldn’t do this or I should do that;
  • without someone telling me what color I have to use;
  • without worrying how much paint might drip on my really nice carpet!  (I do plan to buy a drop cloth:)

And when the painting dries, I put it up on the wall and then I will decide for myself if it stays or goes but it sure was fun in the process.

Have you tried painting lately? Give it a try!

Now see this work of art from two incredibly talented artists!

By |2010-09-07T06:00:56+00:00September 7th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Dawn Ginese, RN September 7, 2010 at 6:18 am - Reply

    No painting lately but I am redoing my room. My walls are granny smith green so I can use them as a green screen, this was not done on purpose but realized later, I love this color.
    I put a colorful rug under my office chair, pink with butterflies, flowers, squiggles, lime green, aqua blue and burgandy.
    I bought new curtains with aqua blue lime green fading in and out with beaded edges.
    I put up a picture of a little boy kissing a little girl drawn by my daughter, memories of childhood innocense.
    It’s coming together, my little studio, creative space.
    Deborah, thanks for your inspiration….Ms. Dawn

    • Deborah J. Stewart September 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Ah, that sounds like such a warm and loving place to hold up and work. That is what I am trying to do too:)

  2. Theresa Milstein September 7, 2010 at 8:05 am - Reply

    I love your final result – so creative and cheerful. I haven’t painted in a long time. I should.

  3. Scott September 7, 2010 at 9:18 am - Reply

    I’ve been thinking about doing this very thing – experimenting with preschool art myself. I think when we did our large marble painting on canvas, I thought about doing those types of things myself. Now you’ve inspired me.

  4. Amy M September 7, 2010 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Did you have a post of your studio on a blog post recently? I KNOW I remember looking at the pictures… Maybe it was on your facebook… Anyway, I LOVE your studio.

  5. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog September 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    I do this all the time — only because I can’t let my girls have ALL the fun, now can I? 😉 It is fantastic stress relief, and it’s a great way to bond with the kiddos too. Love how your studio turned out! I’ve taken over what used to be our dining room… LOL

  6. April September 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    I have also been experimenting with doing art “the preschool way” lately. And I really am enjoying it! I love not having the pressure of making it “look like something”…just letting the art being an end in itself! I love pink and orange by the way.

  7. Sherry and Donna September 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    I have two giant sized canvases on my living room wall which I repaint probably every twelve months … must be about four layers of art underneath the current paint! It’s fun, it’s cheap and if you don’t like it, or tire of it you just paint over it. I LOVE it!
    Donna 🙂 🙂

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