Friday, September 30, 2016

Ripped Paper Trees with Painted Sky

Kindergarten learned about the autumn season by working on some autumn trees. They began by painting the background, starting with the sky, then grass, then using a paper towel to sponge on some clouds. The next class, they put together a tree by using small, medium, and large brown rectangles. They drew lines to create texture. Then, they ripped pieces of warm colored paper to glue on leaves!

Artist: n/a
Elements: Line, Color, Space, Texture
Concepts: Collage, Painting, Size
Materials: large tag board, tempera paint, crumpled paper towel, construction paper, scissors, glue

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Matisse Inspired Collage

For the first graders' first project, we talked about how Matisse would "paint with scissors" by using paper cutouts. I have students complete freedom to make whatever they wanted using any colors on black paper. The only rule was that I shouldn't see any pencil marks. I did this to get a feel of the students' skills and creativity before introducing them to a more structured project. Some of the results were so creative!

Artist: Henri Matisse
Elements: Shape
Concepts: Collage
Materials: black construction paper, construction paper, scissors, glue

I love this ghost busters inspired collage!

SO many emojis

A 6 year old thought of this! So creative!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Farm Animal Drawings

Last year, I taught Kindergarten how to make pigs by using simple shapes. It was a simple first lesson, but I think they were a little board. This time, I taught them how to draw a pig, cow, sheep, chicken, and chicks, all by using simple shapes. It also incorporated straight, wavy, zig-zag, and loop-de-loop lines that we learned about in our last lesson. They loved it!

Artist: n/a
Elements: Line, Shape
Concepts: Using line and shape to make an image
Materials: white tag board, crayons

Friday, September 2, 2016

Crayon Portrait Wall

Last year, I spent a lot of time trying to hang artwork on the walls on the way to my room, but everything kept falling down. No matter what I used, the heavy artwork never wanted to stay on the walls! On the first day, I had students decorate a crayon with their favorite color, and write their name on the bottom. Inside, they drew a self portrait. I hung up all 252 crayons in the hallway on the way to my room to brighten up the hall! The students are so excited to look at all the portraits on their way to the room.