Grade Levels: K-3

These family and homeschool activities are designed to complement the Elements of Art topic on BrainPOP Jr.

Art Walk
Art is all around us, not just in galleries and museums. Take a walk with your child in your community and look for art. It may be statues or monuments in a park or paintings hung on a store wall. Have your child describe the artwork using the elements of art. Encourage him or her to compare the artworks. Your child may wish to take notes in a notebook or sketch different works that inspire him or her.

In Shape
Study different works by artists who explore shapes, such as Pablo Picasso. Observe how he brings a variety of shapes together to create new shapes or a new image. Then have your child create a collage by cutting out shapes from paper and old magazines or newspapers and attaching them to form a new image. Remind your child that symbols are things that stand for something else. For example, a heart stands for love and a four-leaf clover stands for luck. Have your child cut out images that symbolize something to him or her and incorporate those symbols into the collage. You may want to use the Collage movie to get more ideas.