Recently, my preschoolers have been really into process art. Being a three year old class, process art allows them the flexibility to experiment and explore, instead of creating a cookie-cutter craft. Valentine collages are just one way we are celebrating Valentine’s Day.
By now my regular readers know just how much I love process art. Watching the process of a bunch of little preschoolers making art is incredible! While it may look like “just play” or “just art” to the untrained eye, preschoolers gain so much from the sensory experience, and some of my preschoolers are actually quite deliberate in their art making. They can be very methodical and intentional. Recently we made process art winter paintings, so with Valentine’s Day approaching it is only appropriate that we create these Valentine collages as part of our holiday curriculum.
Materials needed for process art Valentine collages
- sponges for painting, cut into 1 inch squares
- washable tempura paint
- heavy card stock
- white liquid school glue
- tissue paper
- foam heart stickers
- adhesive rhinestones
- glitter glue
- anything else you find fitting…sequins, yarn, buttons, fabric scraps…anything, really
To make process art Valentine collages
- Present your preschooler with a paper plate of three colors of paint. In light of Valentine’s Day, we used white, red, and purple. Offer one sponge piece per color of paint. Invite your preschooler to use the sponge to “paint” on the card stock.
- Without waiting for the paint to dry, squeeze on some liquid school glue. Kinda’ haphazard, if you’d like.
- Add tissue paper. The tissue paper is really cool because you can see through it to the textured paint underneath.
- Add foam hearts.
- Add glitter glue.
- Add sticker rhinestones.
- Add anything else you have on hand that ought to be included.
- Allow to dry.
As always, this activity was supported by some of our favorite Valentine’s picture books.
Once dry, your preschools will beam at the beautiful art work they created. I seriously love every one of the Valentine collages my preschoolers made. So much so, that I’m showing you a collage featuring all seven of them. They are each unique and interesting. If you look closely, you can see how deliberate some of my students were in their art. Process art does not focus on the end product (although the end product is usually an awesome bonus), but it focuses on the creation. By offering process art in my preschool, I am providing students with a safe way to take risks in their explorations.
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction