by Cori Hilsgen
All Saints Academy preschool students hosted their third annual Preschool Picassos Art Show May 21 at the Church of St. Joseph parish center.
Students ages 3, 4, and 5 each displayed one piece of artwork in the show.
The 38 preschool students, taught by Cheri Burg, studied artists Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georges Seurat, Chuck Close, Andy Warhol and Paul Klee throughout the school year.
“The art show is a culmination of our year’s study of art,” Burg said.
After each artist study, preschoolers created their own self-portrait in the style of that artist.
Burg said what is different about this art show was the preschoolers drew their self-portraits every month. She said students still learned the basic elements of art (line, shape, color, form and texture) but focused on drawing themselves. They also learned a little art history in the process.
Some of the preschool students commented on the show.
“My favorite artist was Seurat because he only does dots,” Carter Kuehl said. “I like his style and I like how his paintings look when he is finished. His paintings were very big, but we did them small.”
“I liked Paul Klee,” Liam Edwards said.
“I liked Picasso,” Ruben Theisen said.
“I liked seeing my picture hanging up,” Elli Zimmer said.
“I really liked when I got to see everyone’s picture in the show,” Leah Alvord said.
“My favorite part of the show was the lemonade,” Lana Zimmerman said.
“I like how I used the colors in my Chuck Close portrait,” Julia Loehlein said.
“Although the process of creating is more important than the product at this age, the art show gives the students a sense of pride in their work,” Burg said. “They helped select one piece of art to put on display and our third annual Preschool Picassos was a great success.”
Burg has been teaching Montessori for 22 years, 17 of those at ASA. The school currently has four classes of preschool, with 10-12 students in each class.
To learn more about the ASA Montessori Preschool program visit the website firstname.lastname@example.org.