Wednesday, March 16, 2016

How to Teach Kids Art With LEGO

At some point during childhood, most people played with LEGOs. These blocks helped many individuals establish ingenuity that continued into adulthood. Just thinking about these blocks often stirs nostalgic memories that get the creative juices flowing. This is a reason many teachers are beginning to bring LEGOs into classrooms. As they should! But did you know they can be used to teach art as well? Today we explore some ideas and activities for how to teach art with LEGO.

Artistic Encouragement


Nathan Sawaya, an amazing LEGO builder, has been sharing his creative art for many years. He has toured cities around the country with his "The Art of the Brick" exhibition. He displays life-size LEGO sculptures of various three-dimensional art reproductions, landmarks, and human beings.

His art always elicits fascination, especially among young people. Students view his sculptures and realize they can do the same things. Because LEGO blocks are a common medium, everyone is familiar with the building process. However, vision is needed to create realistic representations from objects that have distinct geometric shapes. The positive mentality from young minds is the cornerstone of entrepreneurship and is the pioneering spirit necessary for innovation. To encourage this mindset, teachers can bring LEGO blocks into their classrooms and nourish artistic skills and out-of-the-box thinking.

LEGO as Art


Besides standard art projects which include glue, paint, and paper, teachers can incorporate LEGOs into their lesson plans.

  1. Allow children to peruse the Internet for various examples of art crafted from LEGO blocks.
  2. Distribute a small bag of LEGOs to each child. Every container holds blocks of various shapes and sizes.
  3. Set a time limit for creating a work of art. The design can be anything the child envisions. There is never a wrong way to assemble the blocks.
  4. During the last few minutes of class, each student describes his or her results, the building process used, and other relevant information about the thoughts behind the piece.

Everyone will be amazed at the sculptures and the ideas behind the projects. It is important to highlight the various textures and structures and how all the artwork is unique. These pieces can be displayed around the classroom. At a future time, a teacher can return to LEGO art and watch how students' interpretations have grown.

Printing With LEGOs


Although LEGOs are used to build items, it is possible to use their unique shapes to create wall art. Printing with LEGOs is extremely fun and allows a student to develop an amazing piece. A student is only limited by his or her imagination.

  1. Place paper above a piece of felt. This provides the squishiness needed to mark the paper correctly.
  2. Grab a LEGO and rub it along a black ink pad before stamping the paper.
  3. Continue stamping various blocks to make a picture.
  4. When the ink dries, each student can use markers or pencils to fill his or her design with color.

LEGO Self-Portraits


LEGO mini-figures have been featured in numerous movies. Children will be delighted to use these forms to create self-portraits that include details which reflect their individual personalities and characteristics.

  1. Obtain a template of a mini-figure.
  2. Each student draws this figure to resemble his or her likeness.
  3. It is important to pay special attention to facial expressions and other details that make each portrait unique.

The above projects are just a sampling of how teachers can incorporate LEGOs into classroom work. They are innovative ways to encourage students to be creative and to be self-expressive. For more ideas, it is possible to turn to the Internet and discover why LEGOs are much more than mere toys.

Visit these links for more fun LEGO art activities!

http://wordtraveling.com/teaching-lego-art-free-printable-lesson/
http://www.artisbasic.com/2013/09/lego-art-projects.html
https://www.theartofed.com/2014/03/14/legos-in-the-art-room-absolutely/



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