Kindergarten line paintings.
At the beginning of every year students create self portraits in the art studio. This year they created collage self portraits. Younger grades were given oil pastels to add facial features. Older grades were encouraged to add 3 dimensional elements. They did an amazing job. These are all on display the whole year above their classroom door.
These are our “Best in Show” winners at the art show (top to bottom: K,1,2,3,4). All of the students visited the art show last Friday and voted. I schedule their visits so that older students visited with younger students and partnered up to help each other vote. It was a really great seeing the kids working together and helping each other.
4th grade and Kindergarten art show displays!
Today was Creativity Day! The art show was open for families in the gym and a whole bunch of art projects were happening in the cafeteria (which I’ll blog about later this week). For the 2nd year in a row we raffled off artwork created by each class at our school. Our music teacher donated guitars that he was replacing and students custom painted them (I did touch ups and polyurethaned them). Students took turns during art class adding to the designs. 4th-2nd grade created abstract pieces, though 3rd and 4th focused on symmetry. 1st grade focused on lines and Kinder created fish drawings that I decoupaged on because they have been studying aquatic life. From top to bottom 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, Kinder.
Tie dye created by Kindergarteners and 4th graders. This project is so easy and so much fun. I first tried this lesson using news print paper. The results were still great, but that slight grey color of the paper really muddied the colors. I happened to have 500 industrial size coffee filters. They are cheap, bright white and absorbent so the colors are really saturated and mixed nicely. I showed the students how to fold to get a sunburst design. We folded them in half. Then we put our finger in the middle of the straight side and folded the paper like pizza slices. Our finger helped the point of our slices to be in the same place each fold. One we folded small enough to only have one pizza slice we folded them any way we wanted. Rubber banded them and then dipped them in different colors. We unfolded ours while they were still wet. With 4th grade I encouraged them to fold in any way they wanted to get different results. Like you see in the bottom left project. So beautiful!
fter created 2dimensional collages Kindergarteners moved on to 3dimensional paper sculptures. We started by comparing a collage to an already completed paper sculpture. Students noticed that collages are flat and that our hand can slide across it, while paper sculptures pop up and our hand runs into things when we try to slide our hand across. Then they learned a variety of paper sculpture techniques: folding, cylinders, tabs, bending, fringe, curls, etc.
ollages created by kindergarten
lay relief letters. Clay is such an engaging material to work with. I want to make sure every grade gets an experience with clay even our kindergarteners. However clay can be hard to manipulate for such tiny hands and many people opt to use alternative modeling clays like model magic. I use to do this to, but I began to feel that my kindergarteners were missing out. So I created this lesson full of small manageable steps (INCLUDING SCORING AND SLIPPING CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!).
We learn how to mold and manipulate clay through guided instruction. We learn to roll spheres and cylinders. We learn to pinch, poke, pull apart and flatten our clay. Then students have the rest of the time to experiment independently.
Day 2: Making an ABC Plaque
Every single step is a separate demonstration, so the kindergarteners are doing a lot of back and forth to the demo table. First students flatten the clay with their hands and rolling pins. Then I trace a square or rectangle onto their clay. They next use a pizza cutter to follow the line and cut out their shape. Next the kids write their letter into the clay gently but big. After they roll out a long snake. Then we score and slip the snake and the letter we wrote in the clay (they do this pretty well, but I do go around and make sure they are scratching perpendicular to the letter and not just dig into the letter). Last they take their snakes and make attach them atop their scored letters.
iggly lines, zigzag, bumpy, straight, curved and curly! There are so many different kinds of lines to learn about in kindergarten
he first official art project of the year for all of our students is a self portrait project. Check out some of these from kinder and second grade.
Creativity Day & the Art Show were a huge success! Here are few pictures of the art show Every student in our school had one artwork displayed. Their art, along with beautiful decorations and signs painted by my after school art clubs transformed the gym into a museum.
Thank you to all of the staff who volunteered to help hang the artshow!
quatic Life mural created by our enthusiastic kindergarteners. I apologize for the last blurry picture. It’s the only one I took in between a class leaving and a class coming in and I had to include it because of the diver. Do you SEE that DIVER! One of the kindergarteners came up for her turn to paint the mural and I asked her what she wanted to add and she said “ME!”. Flippers and all!
p.s. For inspiration we watched “Oceans” found on Netflix.