Kindergarteners are finishing up their beautiful line projects.
On Day 1 of the project we learned the names of different kinds of lines and how to draw them. We learned zigzag, straight, curved, bumpy, curly, wiggly, and dotted. We first practiced drawing them in the air with our “magic drawing finger”. We made them big, medium, and small. When we do this activity I encourage the students to use sound effects while air drawing. When we try different sizes we change the volume of our voice as well. This helps them to remember the movement for the lines, to better understand the difference in sizes, and keeps them engaged with multi sensory learning while at the rug. Then they are sent off to create their own line art at their tables. We end class by reading the amazing book by Candace Whitman illustrations by Steve Wilson “Lines that Wiggle”. After reading this story we go back and analyze the pictures. Kindergarteners identify the types of lines in the picture and what the illustrator use the lines to make. For examples: “a zigzag line makes lightning”.
On day 2 we get to paint our pictures. We learn all about watercolor paints. For kindergarten students I explain to students that watercolors are sleepy paints. We have to wake them up by tickling them with water. Students are encouraged to only tickle, never poke. They are also encourage to avoid mud puddles and to try and keep their paintbrushes on their tip toes like a ballerina. I picked this analogy up from another art teacher (I wish I could remember who they were because they deserve the credit). Stay tuned for pictures of their finished work.