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Kindergarten 2010-2011

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For our early finishers of our final project we learned about mosaic tiles, and created mosaic flowers patterned after famous prints by artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.  Because this was at the end of the year many students did not complete their work.  I encourage all artists to continue at home, as they now have the knowledge and know how to finish their projects on their own!!







Our final project of the year was reading Rainbow fish, then creating collages of Rainbow fish using many skills, tracing, coloring, cutting, pasting and of course on of my favorite things, glittering!!






We had fun talking about flower gardens and what might be seen visiting the garden.  Lots of creatures such as bunnies, chipmunks, bees, butterflies and all sorts of creepy crawlies.  Then we drew our own gardens using colored chalk, and painted them using cake tempera.





Well it was not just the kindergartners who learned a lot during this lesson.  We made clay slabs and decorated then with our hand prints and lots of fun textures.   Then we left them to dry, only to come back to school and find large cracks down the centers of them.   It was January, and so I though that perhaps the location I had left them to dry in was a factor in how they dried unevenly thereby creating the cracks.  We had a do over day and once again they cracked down the center.  Waaa.   I had successfully taught this project last year, so I could not figure out what was going wrong.  I consulted with many of my art teacher friends and got some great advice, so I decided to try try again.  The clay straight out of the bag was really wet, so this time I took clay that had been discarded from the other grades projects that had been handled and was less moist.  I gave each child a chunk of clay and had them roll it out so it would be large enough to fit their hand prints and Voila!  No cracks.  Learning!






 Kindergartners are studying communities, so we read The House on Maple Street, which featured homes and shelters over a couple of centuries on the western prairie.  Next we discussed the parts of a house, and wrote them on the board.  Then everyone designed their dream house.  We had a very wide range of houses such as a little gingerbread cabin n the woods, a tee-pee, a travel-all, a high rise apartment, and a large variety of suburban style houses.  They transferred their drawings to foam, then learned the art of printmaking.  They rolled the ink onto their foam plates and transferred the design to colored paper.  Voila! 









Art By Me! Projects have turned out marvelously!!   The Kindergarten theme was butterflies.  We read Monarch Butterfly of Aster Way, author Elizabeth Ring, illustrator Katie Lee.  We discussed the parts of a butterfly, and how they are symmetrical.  Then we set to work creating our own butterfly drawings using markers and colored pencils.  Voila!







Kindergarten classes read the Mitten illustrated by Jan Brett.  They discussed mittens vs gloves for winter use and practicality,  :) and we reviewed patterns and making color magic by overlapping different colors of crayons before creating our own colorful mittens.







Kindergarten classes had a hands on experience with several bears who live at my house.  They touched, squeezed, dressed and undressed 5 cuddly bears as we discussed texture.  Then we created our own paper bears by tearing paper to create the soft fluffy fur and added clothes and details using construction paper crayons.  Too Cute!!






A line is a dot that went for a walk! 

The students created pictures using either crayons or oil pastels by talking their dots for walks across the paper.  They learned about all different types of lines.  Next they colored in the shapes they made when the lines crossed paths.  Next we will paint over the pastels to find out what happens when oil meets water!





Primary Colors

Students traced their hands using crayons and tried to fill up the page.  Next they painted their hand prints using red, yellow and blue tempera paint.  Lastly they chose one color to paint the background.  The results are interesting and extremely varied!






Overlapping primary colored tissue paper,red yellow and blue, created some beautiful sheets of multicolored paper.  We discovered the secondary colors, orange, green  and violet (purple) and some beautiful results!  We traced Fall leaf templates, cut out our leaves and pasted them to a piece of bright paper.  We are very pleased with the results!





Student Gallery

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