I’m a huge proponent of open-ended play and child-led learning. We love art for the process just as much for the final product.
This year I found a super-fun theme based art curriculum. This month we are learning all about tide pools and doing art projects that reinforce our learning. Today we read about oyster catchers, read some tide pool poetry, copied our favorite poem, and made our own oyster catcher art.
None of the kids have to produce a final product- we simply introduce the techniques and materials and follow the written tutorial as little or as much as we want.