Storytelling Pictures

Storytelling Pictures lesson plan

  • 1.

    Follow up a book or flannel board story by suggesting that children paint their impressions of the characters, plot, setting, or any idea that captivates them. Create a language experience chart to focus thinking about event sequence.

  • 2.

    Invite children to describe their materials and efforts as they paint. Young children’s work will be primarily impressionistic rather than realistic.

  • 3.

    Comment on children’s use of art elements (line, shape, form, color, texture) and principles of visual organization (unity, variety, balance, repetition/rhythm/pattern, emphasis, proportion, movement) in their paintings.

  • 4.

    After hearing an interesting story, make a painting (or several) about the story’s characters, ideas, or events. Put on your Crayola® Art Smock.

  • 5.

    At the easel, paint your impressions with Crayola® Washable Tempera and Brushes or So Big® Brushes on a large sheet of paper. How can you use color, brush strokes, and shapes to tell your story? Dry overnight.

  • 6.

    Write your name, date, and words to describe your painting with Crayola® Washable Markers.


  • Letters, Numbers & Words
  • Listening
  • Reading Pictures
  • Stories
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Observing
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts