Objective: Children will make bubble paintings and will make the connection between this activity and a work of art.‹ Return to Theme
Note: This lesson is a follow-up activity to the lesson,Observing Art, found on this website. Prior to the start of the lesson, mix together water, dishwashing liquid, and paint. Pour the mixture into the pans. Cover tables with plastic or newspaper prior to beginning the painting activity.
The focus work of art for this lesson is Laundry (Le Linge) by Édouard Manet. It is from the art collection of the late Dr. Albert Barnes at The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Barnes believed that there are several key components in understanding works of art. One of those is being able to imagine the story that goes with the work of art. Asking children to think about the story that is suggested by an artist’s work can help them understand what they see. When exploring art with young children, learning experiences can be enriched by linking everyday objects and activities to artwork.
Édouard Manet was a French painter. He was one of the first artists to paint everyday activities, such as doing laundry. In the museum painting, the lady and her child are doing the laundry in a way that is very different from how laundry is done today. Using soap is an important part of cleaning clothes, so soap was used in the art activity of this lesson.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.