Art Center

There are many ways to interact with children and encourage language development at the art center. Teachers can encourage children to talk about their work by using open-ended prompts such as, “Tell me about your painting, collage, sculpture.” After children have finished, encourage them to sign their artwork on the front or back. When children dictate a description of their work, write their words on a separate piece of paper unless they give permission to write on their artwork. Also, encourage children to talk with their peers about their artwork. These conversations occur more naturally when children work next to each other.


  • Table and chairs
  • Easel
  • Smocks
  • Drying rack
  • Craft-making materials (scissors, glue, tissue paper, clay, etc.)
  • Various types and sizes of paper
  • Painting and drawing materials (markers, crayons, paint, brushes, etc.)
  • Collage materials
  • Labeled storage (photo + text)
  • Writing materials
  • Related books