Art and Music and Italy – Part 4 – the Finale

Weeks of hard work + joy = great satisfaction and achievement.  That is the perfect equation, exactly how my preschoolers felt when they finally saw their art, their hard work, their masterpieces, mounted and framed.

You would think after a gazillion years of teaching that I would know what  was coming, know the wonderful art children would create.  Nope.  This year (and most every year) I was stunned.

When a child sees that artwork, mounted and  framed, I ask the big question, “What would you like to name your masterpiece?”  Every great work of art has a title.  Asking a child to give a title to his/her work is empowering.  They have learned about many artists and paintings.  Those paintings have a name.  And now their teacher is asking them to name their painting.

I can’t think of a better way to give a child support and encouragement on a much higher level.  Instead of only praising their work, by simply asking them to name their painting I put them into the category of walking in the shoes of being a ‘master’.  Children had already learned so much about works of art, therefore this direct question subtly implied their greatness.  That implication is far more powerful than a teacher’s words of praise.

“The Sunset”, by Mia

“Starry Night”, by Vivian
Vincent van Gogh art

“Harry”, by Mac
Cubism inspired by Pablo Picasso

“The Rainbow”, by Boden

“Flower”, by Emmett

“Colorful”, by McKinley

“Sparkles”, by Maeve
Early Renaissance

“Lucky”, by Avery

A feast for the eyes!  The art will be on display at our local post office for the entire community to see for six weeks.  We have a guest book hanging for people to sign.  It will certainly be filled.  Teachers, children, and families will visit the post office together this week to admire the Art Show.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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69 Responses to Art and Music and Italy – Part 4 – the Finale

  1. Lifetime Chicago says:

    I used to do an art show in our community for a Childrens hospital. Children would complete artwork and it would be displayed at one of our community centers but people would come and buy a painting. Proceeds would go to the hospital.

  2. What a wonderful experience for the children. The subtle lesson of taking one’s creativity seriously will yield rewards for them almost forever. The idea that they produced a tangible object bearing their name and a title is magnificent. You and the children have every right to feel pride in that accomplishment. Thanks, for sharing, Jennie.

  3. What ^ John said!

    These are all wonderful!

  4. Opher says:

    You’re an inspiration Jennie!

  5. ren says:

    I have noticed, over my time of following your posts, that your student’s paintings often mirror the artist they are replicating so perfectly. Thank you for releasing the artists within. Most of my artists are still trapped inside…..
    When I do this all over again,…..this life skit…..I will pick you to be my first teacher of life.
    Blessings and continuous life-joy to you, Jennie!

    • Jennie says:

      I think it is easier for children to release their inner artist at a young age. Perhaps by encouraging my students to do it, they will be brave enough to take risks and try new things as they get older. I’d love to be your first reacher, Ren. Many blessings to you!

  6. Such a great art show, Jennie. I’m sure that your students are thrilled!

  7. Ritu says:

    That is just wonderful Jennie!

  8. Mireya says:

    What a great idea! This needs to happen so much more!

  9. beetleypete says:

    Inspired indeed, and wonderful to see the completed work. Those kids will have a much better appreciation of Art and creativity as a result. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      I think they will remember certain works of art, and remember how wonderful it was to create their own. Those two things will hopefully leave a mark. You are right, Pete. How wonderful for children to have that art appreciation and creativity. Best to you!

  10. I love how you make the kids feel proud of their work. I remember how my class felt when their work was on display in the hall outside my classroom. And what a great idea for them to name their masterpieces!

    • Jennie says:

      If only all children could feel pride and feel good about themselves. Your children certainly did. I think it makes a big difference. Thank you, Anneli!

      • It really does make a difference. My niece’s son is in Kindergarten and came home with a keen interest in Van Gogh. He was thrilled with his own rendition of Starry Night that he made at home after class, and talked into a video all about Vincent Van Gogh. Who cares that he was only 5 yrs. old? He already had a good start in art appreciation from Kindergarten, and I see you bringing this out in other kids. We should never talk down to them and assume they are too young to appreciate things like this. I’m so happy you are doing this for the kids. A gold star for you, Jennie!

      • Jennie says:

        What a wonderful story! And yes, who cares if he is only 5 years old! Art appreciation and expression at an early age lasts a lifetime. Have you taken your grandson to an art museum? Also, never talking down to children is very important. E.B. White makes a point of never writing down to children. I think art falls into the same category. Thank you, Anneli!

      • My grandson (grand-nephew, actually) doesn’t live near me, but I’m sure his parents take him to those places. I’ll check with them. I know they have a science museum that is also child oriented.

  11. This is an interesting perspective. It would never occur to me to name a personal painting, mostly because I’ve never painted. 😉 What a wonderful idea. A giant esteem builder. Wonderful.

  12. Wonderful works of art. And I so remember the pride I felt as a child seeing my work of art framed and put on the wall.. And love their chosen titles.. ❤ Enjoy your week Jennie

  13. Their first gallery showing! How exciting for them!!

  14. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is one of the best examples of teaching I have ever seen!

  15. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Jennie continues to offer the world excellent examples of the finest teaching!

  16. what a beautiful experience! moves me deeply. We care about the same things.

  17. Wow, this is incredible!!! You are so amazing and the children are absolute geniuses! There is so much to be proud of. These children will all be great artists, whether as a hobby or as a profession some day. Such amazing talent. I hope that the parents save all of these forever.

  18. srbottch says:

    Wonderful story, Jennie. An we ‘3D’ print you so every classroom can have a ‘Jennie’?😉

  19. Such lovely artworks, Jennie.

  20. swamiyesudas says:

    Kudos, to You, Jennie! You are a great teacher. I Love children, teach them a few things, but I always learn something from You! Love and Blessings. 🙂

  21. I love that this will be displayed in a public place rather than being only seen in the classroom. What a wonderful gallery it is.

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, being there for the whole town and surrounding communities to see makes it all the better. I’m so glad you enjoyed the gallery!

  22. I love your (he)art shows, Jennie. I especially am drawn towards (pun not intended!) “harry” – cubism is more complex a process than is commonly thought, so it is actually quite sophisticated for one so young!
    Keep up the great work!

    • Jennie says:

      I love your term (he)art, Laura. Always have. So thank you for that! Thank you for commenting on “Harry”, because 1) it is one of my favorites, and 2) it was one of the most difficult pieces of art to create. I’m so glad you noticed!

  23. Dan Antion says:

    Wow, that’s great work, a wonderful project and it’s so good to see community support added. Nicely done, Jennie and all the budding artists.

  24. I’d hang any one of those pictures in my house! Love the vibrant and generous use of color!

    • Jennie says:

      I would, too! Today we had our field trip, and I asked some of the children if I could buy their art. Beautiful colors! Thank you, KC.

  25. Sarah says:

    As always it is a true joy to see the final art gallery hanging, Jennie! 😄 Amazing works of art, every one of them! And I’m especially in love with the Starry Night! 😍
    Honestly? I can’t wait for next year’s art journey! 😄

  26. abbiosbiston says:

    These are absolutely wonderful.

  27. The Hook says:

    The grand finale, you mean!
    My wife is an artist; i envy anyone, especially kids, than can create such beauty.

  28. Uncredible wonderful artwork. Honoured to watch, and really worth an exposition, you have done. Thank you! Michael

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