Preschool Art at the Easel

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Working on a horizontal surface such as at the easel puts a whole new spin on preschool art. You can purchase an easel or create your own table top easel, such as our acrylic page holder easels. Each of our toddler and preschool classrooms is equipped with an easel, as well as outdoors. 

They are used in a variety of ways, with different tools and materials. . . This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. . . The benefits of working on an easel: . Fine motor: Moving the painting tool from the paint container to the


Working on a horizontal surface such as at the easel puts a whole new spin on preschool art. You can purchase an easel or create your own table top easel, such as our acrylic page holder easels. Each of our toddler and preschool classrooms is equipped with an easel, as well as outdoors. They are used in a variety of ways, with different tools and materials.
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Preschool Art at the Easel 
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 Preschool Art at the Easel

THE BENEFITS OF WORKING ON AN EASEL:

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Fine motor: Moving the painting tool from the paint container to the easel surface requires focus and control.
Large motor: Because of the angle of the arm, using the easel works the shoulder and entire arm. The bigger the surface, the more exercise this area of the body gets.
Cognitive skills: There is a lot to figure out while using an easel, such as how the paint will get on the paper, how the different colors will mix, and how to handle the drips that occur.
Social Skills: Toddlers and preschoolers can work side-by-side or, if you have a 2-sided easel, across from each other.
Creativity: There is no specific outcome expected when creating at the easel. The artist can choose how much or how little to apply to the surface, creating any desired design.
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Preschool Art at the Easel

INTRODUCING THE EASEL:

When we first introduce the easel to our toddlers and preschoolers, we use a sheet of white paper and one color of paint. We show them how to move the brush from the paint container to the paper, and then back to the paint pot to apply more paint.
Our easel is situated over a linoleum floor, so wiping spills is easy. If you are planning to put your easel on carpet, you will want to protect it with some sort of vinyl tablecloth or tarp.
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TOOLS TO PAINT WITH:


We start with paint brushes as our toddlers and preschoolers become familiar with the easel. However, once they feel comfortable, we substitute the paint brush with other fun tools or objects.
  • Brayers
  • Corks
  • Rolling pins
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Sewing spools
  • Waffle Blocks
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Toy cars
  • Paint rollers
  • Feathers
  • Combs
  • Toothbrushes
  • Pipettes
  • Cotton balls on clothespins
  •  Sticks
  •  Stampers
  •  Do-a-Dots
  • Cookie Cutters

 Preschool Art at the Easel

SURFACES TO PAINT ON:

Yes, paper is probably the most popular surface to paint on the easel. We even like to cut the paper into different shapes to, perhaps, go along with a theme. But there are so many other materials you can place on the easel!
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tin foil
  • Freezer paper
  • Burlap
  • Cardboard
  • Coffee filters
Preschool Art at the Easel

WHAT TO PAINT TO USE?

Again, there are a lot of options on what to use at the easel. You can try most recipes that you would use on a flat surface and see what happens when they are done vertically.
  • Tempera paint
  • Finger paint
  • Chalk paint
  • Watercolors
  • Shaving cream
  • Puffy paint
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Preschool Art at the Easel

MORE THAN PAINT:

Try chalk, markers, crayons, pens and pencils, too!
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Preschool Art at the Easel

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