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  • Cristi Wuenschel

Learning About Art in the Netherlands & Spain with Preschoolers

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of preschool art with text: Art Studio Activities Ideas for Preschoolers

This week with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time), we're exploring Art in the Netherlands & Spain, and today we studied Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring.

preschooler's pearl earring artwork

Today we're answering the questions, "What do you notice about the girl in the painting?" and "Why is she so famous?"

We searched for pearls as well as traced pearls to practice math and literacy skills.

preschooler's girl artwork

The pearl search was a great way to practice spatial awareness, gross motor skills, and of course number sense. We pretended that pompoms were pearls and tried to find as many as we could without looking.

preschooler's pearl earring artwork on cardstock

Tracing pearls was an opportunity to practice pre-writing and fine motor skills. We used circular objects to trace around as well as making circular shapes using playdough.

We gave each of the children the same materials to recreate their own version of the painting and then asked why everyone's artwork is so different even though they started with all the same supplies.

preschooler's girl artwork on cardstock

The preschoolers answered because we are all different people, which led to an amazing discussion about all of us being different and why that's a wonderful thing.

We each started out with the same materials but then got pencils and personalized our artwork. One child even decided to add freckles.

preschooler's girl artwork on black cardstock

The children had so much fun with today's Girl with the Pearl Earring activities.

Don't forget to check back next week as we wrap up our Art Studio preschool theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).

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