Smudge painting on the easel

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A fun way to create new interest in the easel is by offering different processes.  Our latest offering was smudge painting on the easel…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

Set up for this art activity is relatively simple.  The children just need markers, paint brushes, and water.  We added a few paper towels directly under the easel to contain any drips.  Though our children explored this process at the easel, it could easily be done at a table, as well…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

Children begin by drawing a picture with the markers…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

After they finish drawing with the marker, they then paint over their picture with water…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

The color from the marker bleeds when wet, creating smudge painting…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

The children continue to alternate between drawing with markers and painting over it with water until their artwork is complete…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

This fun, relatively mess-free process is a great way to spark new interest in the easel!

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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