Hearts at the easel

Of all the painting experiences I share with my students, the one they most enjoy is anything that has to do with painting at the easel.  If I change the easel up in any small way, almost every student will stop by and want to give the easel painting a try.  As you may have noticed by my most recent posts, we have been exploring hearts so I decided to invite the children to easel paint with hearts at the easel…

Hearts at the Easel by Teach Preschool

There is nothing all that unique about putting shapes on the easel but for whatever reason, my students were super intrigued by the idea of painting inside or around the heart shape….

Hearts at the Easel by Teach Preschool

To set up the hearts at the easel, I simply cut large heart shapes out of the center of construction paper and taped the heart shaped frame to easel paper using a strip of clear tape at the top and bottom of the frame.. In advance, I had prepared enough heart shaped frames for each child to have one of their own if they wanted to heart paint. I saved the hearts that were cut out for a musical heart game….

Hearts at the Easel by Teach Preschool

I also mixed up “Valentine” colors for the children to paint with including purple, red, light blue, and pink…

Hearts at the Easel by Teach Preschool

I didn’t give any instructions to this process. I just set things up and left it as an open center for the children to explore (much like we always approach most of our daily easel painting experience)…

Hearts at the Easel by Teach Preschool

Most of the children painted inside the heart frame. Some of the children painted all the way around and on the edges of the frame. And others painted faces or just mixed colors in the center of the heart…

Hearts at the Easel by Teach Preschool

Every painting was simply beautiful. The children took their time to use all the colors. Some blended and swirled while others painted long strokes around the edges of the heart…

Hearts at the Easel by Teach Preschool

We set each of our completed paintings out to dry with the frame still on the painting.  We will give the choice the children as to whether they want the frame removed or left on their easel paper…

Hearts at the Easel by Teach Preschool

A super fun process for our class and perhaps we will introduce the process again using other shapes but I think this was particularly interesting because we hadn’t tried any shapes before on the easel and the paint colors were new as well…

Hearts at the Easel by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-02-13T19:18:47+00:00February 13th, 2014|

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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. Rhythm February 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Great idea! I love watching kids paint!

  2. Valerie at Inner Child Fun February 15, 2014 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    I love this idea, Deborah! So creative and open-ended. 🙂

    I’m curious — did most kids choose to leave the frame on, or take it off?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 16, 2014 at 12:36 am - Reply

      Valerie – you are quickly becoming my best friend! Thank you for your support and your question. We haven’t taken the frames off yet. The children made these on our last day of school last week so they will decide when they return this week. My guess is that they will choose to leave the frames on. I would love to see them come off but I think my students like the frames more than I do:)

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