There are copious ways to explore the disciplines of art with young students. Below, I’ve outlined three possible ways you could allow a grade one class to try out each discipline.
Cut out a picture from a magazine then add your own elements using felts.
Tape lines/shapes/words on canvas then let kids finger paint. Once paint is dry, remove tape.
Make a imprint in styrofoam (with pen or pencil), then use it as a stamp
Make an abstract sculpture out of pipe cleaner and styrofoam and knick-knacks.
Take a photo and then doodle on it using a tablet.
Make a texture collage.
Make a sound garden.
Make “pixel art” in Minecraft.
I love sharing resources, so if you come across any great art activities that introduce one of these key disciplines please share it in the comments below.