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The “Sistine Table”- Painting Like Michelangelo

by on Nov 2nd, 2011

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Who says preschoolers are too young to learn about fine arts? It’s always better to start young right? For the entire month, we have decided to teach our little kiddos about the famous artists and their unique artistic styles! To start off, we introduced them to the famous Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti or simply Michelangelo!


First, we showed the kids his famous painting on the Sistine chapel. They did not completely understand it, but we could see they were interested. Older kids would probably notice the art and creativity in all that, but for my toddlers, they were just happy playing the “I spy” game!


My co-teachers and I were actually afraid that the kids might pay attention to the nudity in the painting, but bless their innocent minds because they did not notice it at all. All they saw were men, women and angels. :)


Next, I grabbed a chair and posted a small piece of paper on the ceiling. (I would’ve painted the ceiling itself but it might cost me my job, hihi) I started painting that paper with a long paintbrush! The kids sat beneath me and stared up at my painting. Painting is already something common to the kids, it’s the way we were going to paint today that made it exciting!


Now I wasn’t about to let the kids climb the chairs and paint the ceilings, we had to improvise. So, I taped some sheets of paper under their table and gave them some finger paints. They quickly crawled under their tables, lied down and started working on their masterpiece.


What you will need:

  • Paint/Finger paint
  • Bond paper
  • Tape
  • Tables



What you will do:

As mentioned above, I first showed them a demo of how Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel



Then, we placed some paper under their tables and had them crawl under to start painting



The kids had fun not only because they got to paint, but because of the unique way they did it today!






Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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