I know many art teachers that are afraid to pursue classroom discussion with young artists about "WHAT IS ART"? It is a big topic that might be hard to wrap YOUR mind around...let alone 7 yr olds?!?! ha ha The thing about it...kids do love to share their thoughts....AND TRUST ME...they have a lot on what is & isn't art. Facilitate conversation without fear of answers...let students express their ideas, but be there to ask them WHY?
I love this abstract expressionism lesson. The students were so awesome with their questions & thoughts when we looked at a variety of pieces from this style. They were excited to get busy & EXPRESS themselves once discussion was finished!