Kindergarten Art Lists

Although art is mostly "playing" in kindergarten there should be some guided classes that enhance art skills as well as listening skills and following instructions. By the end of kindergarten children should have improved: painting with large brushes and using scissors, and they should be able to recognize and name colors, not necessarily the word, but the color.

language arts: red, blue, yellow, purple, green, orange, brown, black, white, gray, pink
art - some colors seem warm, some seem cool

Language arts: circle, oval, heart, square, rectangle, star, triangle, diamond
art - drawing shapes, seeing shapes, cutting and pasting shapes to make a collage

kinds of lines- straight, curved, jagged (zigzag)
qualities of lines- thick, thin, broken, dotted

Contemplating Art Exposure to selected paintings, sculptures, and architecture

Space position words- near/far, interior/exterior, over/under

Possible Objectives (and skill area)

  • Recognize and name colors (language arts)
  • Recognize and name shapes (geometry)
  • Understands position words (comprehension/thinking skills)
  • Improve scissors use (fine motor skill)
  • Listen to directions and follow them (listening skills)
  • Paint with large brushes (fine motor skill)
  • Learn safe use and care of materials (social development)

Topics to Explore

Basic Supplies

  1. Watercolor tray with large brush
  2. Paper for paintings (white construction paper or other heavy paper)
  3. Construction paper in different colors
  4. Scissors
  5. Glue
  6. pony beads
  7. Finger paint (can use homemade)
  8. Soft clay (can use homemade)
  9. Crayons
  10. Markers
  11. String and pony beads in various colors


Although I am not going to cover music or dance in the art section, children should be exposed to music and dance as an art. They can learn songs, they can learn to play instruments, they can listen to music, learn about composers, go to plays, and try out some interpretive dancing of their own.

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