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Learning English through art is a fundamental part of CLIL in kindergarten and primary education. Children learn to talk about their pictures, what art materials they use to make it, try different art techniques, experiment with colours, learn about famous painters.
How do we make pictures? What things are there on the table? What's this? It's a (pencil /brush / rubber /paper / glitter / glue / paint / picture). Let's make a picture. What does your picture use?
Let's make a picture using different art materials. What do we have here? Feathers, shapes, glue, crayons, stickers and glitter. Let's make a picture now. What does your picture use? This picture uses...
Rainbow Scrape Art
Let's make a rainbow! We added dots in a line in rainbow order (rainbow colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) and carefully scraped across with a ruler to create a rainbow. It's so beautiful. The girls stick cotton balls to both ends of their rainbows. While they're working I ask questions like How many clouds have you got in your picture? What is the order of the rainbow colours? Let's make your kinder toys slide down the rainbow.
Drop some food colouring all over the shaving foam. Pick up your fork. Drag the ink across one way and then the other. Just once one way, and then once the other way. Lay a piece of paper on top of the swirly colour. Lift off the paper. Put it down and scrape the shaving foam off with your ruler. Now, dump the excess into this empty bowl. After one print is pulled off, the kids can add more ink, swirl again, and print again. When the shaving foam gets really mucky then we just spray a new layer on top and go again.
Crumpled Paper Art
First, crumple the paper up into a ball. Choose one colour and use it to paint all around the outside of your balls. Now, gently unfold it to see how it looks. Press it down, crumple it up again, and paint it with another colour. What does this picture use? What art materials do you use? What colours do you use for this crumpled paper?
Painting with Q-tips is perfect for fine motor practice and loads of fun.
Dip a Q-tip in one of the paints. Now, press the tip to the paper. What can we draw with Q-tips? Dots, lines. Let's make a flower with dots. If the colour is starting to fade, dip the Q-tip in the paint again. Can you make footprints with Q-tips? How does Fifi's footprint look like? Let's check it in the Show and Tell book. Can you find Fifi's footprints?
Watercolour and Salt
Pick up your brush. Dip it into a colour paint and paint a piece of paper. What colour would you like to paint with? Now, sprinkle it with some salt while it is still wet. What is happening to the salt? Which one do you like the most?
There are many great art experiments and activities on the internet that can be integrated into the CLIL lessons. Here are some of our favourites.
Science and Art
It's a terrific activity that combines art and science using baking soda and vinegar. You fill a tray with baking soda and some cups with vinegar and add different food colouring to each cup of vinegar. The kids then place a few drops of coloured vinegar with pipettes onto the baking soda and watch what happens.
Make a circle with skittles on your plates. What colour comes first in a rainbow? The next colour is... What colours are missing from the Skittles rainbow? Here is a glass of warm water, pour it in the centre of the circle. Watch the magic!
The following activities develop the verbal counting skills in English as a second language and improve…