It's Spring....FINALLY! It seems like the art train is in full speed this time of year. So many wonderful things going on. Kindergartners have been working so hard on many wonderful art projects. We read the book Hooray for Fish, by Lucy Cousins, and studied the beautiful fish illustrations to inspire us for this project. Students practiced drawing fish that had patterns on them. They used oil pastels to draw and color their fish, then added water colors for the background. Before the watercolors dried, we sprinkled two different sizes of salt on it. The salt soaked up some of the water, leaving a very cool bubble/coral design. They later created colorful frames to display their fish in.
We also took a look at the differences of paintings of flowers done by Georgia O'keefe and Vincent Van Gogh. Students got to choose which style they wanted to try in creating their own flower art. We used oil pastels and watercolors to create these beauties. Some of them were outstanding!
Kindergartners learned about 3D art while creating clay bear forms, clay pinch pots, paper playgrounds and funky wire sculptures. They seem to especially love this type of art making.
Recently Kindergartners learned how artists create self-portraits. They learned about placement of facial features and more importantly learned how to carefully look and draw what they saw. These came out so great. I am very proud of their progress.
I look forward to seeing many of you at our Share Fair on June 14th. Please be sure to come to the art room to check out their latest creations!
Happy New Year! Welcome 2017! So much has been happening in the art room! Kindergartners have been learning so much about the wonderful world of art. This fall they learned about lines, what they are (a dot that went for a walk, of course) and the various types of line, shapes and how when a line meets up where it started from it creates a shape. They learned about the 3 very special colors that cannot be created; red, yellow and blue and that they are called the primary colors. They learned how to mix these colors to create secondary colors, orange, green & purple. They used their own mixed paint to paint their pumpkins in the moonlight artwork.
We then dove into learning to do an observational drawing by drawing what you see, not what you know about what see. You should see their faces when I asked them to forget they were drawing a teddy bear, and to just look at the lines and shapes that create that bear and draw that! They did an amazing job drawing these teddy bears - really! (I hope you all enjoyed receiving them as a holiday gift during this winter break). After the created this 2 dimensional drawing of a teddy bear, they were then introduced to 3D art through the medium of clay. They learned where clay comes from and how to manipulate it to create a 3D form - a teddy bear. These bears are sure to be cherished. Currently they are still drying and will be fired in the kiln in mid January. They will also be creating clay pinch pots in order to create a functionable form. They LOVE working with clay (most of them) and I must admit, it's one of my favorites as well.
Because Kindergartners get to have an extra art class (K enrichment) once every 3rd week, there is time for additional hands on art making. We currently made tie-dyed looking window ornaments out of giant coffee filters and sprayed washable markers. They absolutely loved this process and thought it was funny that we used coffee filters.
To start off the new year, Kindergartners are learning about an American artist who only died 10 years ago, Laurel Burch. She was famous for her colorful cat paintings. They are learning about patterns and directional drawing through this project.
Please enjoy the photo slide show to the right. It is a joy to teach these young creative minds. Thank you.
Fall 2016 ART Adventures in Kindergarten
The year starts off with
a Beautiful Oops!
Kindergartners showed off their creativity on day one! I read them the book Beautiful Oops! Which teaches about how you can turn a "mistake" into something "beautiful". Students "spilled" some paint onto a piece of paper and picked it up and let it drip while turning it or shaking the paper to manipulate the paint. Once they were happy with their spilled shape, they let it dry until the following week. Their challenge was to then turn it into something using Sharpie Markers, colored pencils and they had the option of googly eyes.. They did a fantastic job and their descriptions of their creations were priceless. To the right you find some pictures and a few with their written explanations.
Here's a link to the book/song video that we watch:
Kindergartners have been creating away. We explored 3 dimensional art forms by creating, cardboard houses, pinch pots made out of clay, (using the "meatball method" - ask them)
tied-dye birds, model magic birds and paper bag nests. The art room is looking quite colorful, please be sure to come and check out all their hard work during our special Lyman Lytes Night on Thursday, June 9th!
I hope you all are enjoying your Square One Art products with your child's "fishy" art on them. They did a great job creating their own fishy friends and were super excited about getting their own artwork in sticker form. Thank you for making this fundraiser a success - it all benefits your kids!
Recently they learned about the art of famous impressionist artist, Claude Monet. I introduce the students to him with a cool 3D pop-up display of his house and gardens and teach them a song I wrote about him (ask them to teach it to you, they have been loving it.). Students created wax resist watercolor paintings of his pond and water lilies. Then they explored oil pastels to create a single water lily. These lessons are always a big hit and are among my favorites to teach.
January 2016 - Focus: Shapes - Famous Artist: Hundertwasser
WOW, have we been busy. Busy creating art that is. Kindergartners have been discovering their inner artist. We started the new year out by learning about famous artist & architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. (the kids know him as Hundertwasser.) We focused on studying shapes while looking at photographs of his colorfully designed houses and buildings. First students built 2D houses using cut up construction paper. They designed their own houses using various shapes, and even added some Hundertwasser inspired details.
Kindergartners showed off their creativity on day one! I read them the book Beautiful Oops! Which teaches about how you can turn a "mistake" into something beautiful. Students picked out a piece of "oops scrap paper" and were asked to turn it into something. They did a fantastic job and their descriptions of their creations were priceless. Below you find some pictures and a few with their written explanations.
Here's a link to the book/song video that we watch:
We've been so busy this Spring. Kindergartners glazed their pinch pot creations and I must say they did a great job with this. It's important to apply 3 coats of glaze to achieve a nice bright color and as you can see they certainly came out colorful!
We then created beautiful spring time art for our Square One Art fundraiser. They used markers and chalk pastels on these springy creations. They truly came out beautifully, and I hope many of you get to cherish their art for many years by ordering something from this fundraiser. (Reminder that orders must be placed by Tuesday, May 5th).
During the month of February we began to explore 3D art. We started out by working with clay. Students made learned the pinch pot and coil method. They all created pinch pots and then used coils of clay to add to their pinch pots in any way they wanted to. They really enjoyed creating with clay and their pinch pot creations came out fantastic! They learned about glazing and saw the kiln where their pieces were fired. These pieces will be on display in the glass cases outside of the art room. Come in and check them out. In the meantime enjoy the pics I have posted here. We also created snails using model magic, and once hardened they used watercolors to paint their swirly creatures. We truly accomplished a lot this month and had a blast doing so.
Fortunately for Lyman Kindergartners, Art classes are on Wednesdays, so we were able to have all of our classes this month. My poor Monday classes were not so fortunate. This month we worked on creating artwork that was inspired by Lois Ehlert's book "Snowballs". Students learned a unique way to create birch trees by using pieces of cardboard dipped in paint and dragged across paper. They used their secondary coloredpainted papers to create their own bird. They really enjoyed this lesson and got a lot of practice on their cutting skills. Up next: CLAY!
During November Kindergartners continued their study of shapes by studying the work of famous artist, Paul Klee. Paul Klee's artwork is full of shapes, lines and colors. His work gave students a sense of what abstract art is. We focused primarily on his famous Cat and Bird painting, and created our own rendition using simple shapes and lines. Students worked on their tracing and cutting skills during this lesson and explored a new medium, chalk pastels. They had a great time with this lesson. We also made the traditional turkey hats for Thanksgiving, which of course they just "gobbled" up. Up next month: Color exploration.
Can you spot the Star Wars battle? A spider looking for food? How about the Dunkin' Donuts Tree house? They certainly impressed me with their creativity and wild imaginations.
We have begun exploring shapes. During October we will be focusing on shapes and the use of them in art. To the right, you can enjoy some photos of them exploring shapes. We also had a special "I am an Artist" ceremony. Each student of mine picked out a bead and slid it onto a branch of my metal wire art room tree, as they did so they had to say "I am an Artist". I explained to my students that each time I look at the tree I will be reminding of all my little artists. It was a very sweet "ceremony" that they took quite seriously. Up next, we will be studying the work of Paul Klee to aid us in shape exploration.