Recent bulletin boards. 1st grade paper weavings and mandala drawings and kindergarten body portraits.
Kindergarten pastel butterfly drawings.
Kindergarten body portraits are one of my favorite projects of the year. They are so fun!
Kindergarteners just finished up these great mixed media pieces. We read the story “If the Dinosaurs Came Back” by Bernard Most then created drawings of cities using geometric shapes. Afterward students cut out shapes from pre-drawn templates. Then we collaged them together and added a pattern to the body and face and added them to our cities.
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.
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!
Kindergarten finished up animal drawings a few weeks back. We used oil pastels and watercolors.
ire line sculptures by kindergarten.
ther projects in the works. Some wire line sculptures by Kinder, abstract alphabet drawings by 1st grade, and giant quilling projects all piled up by 1st grade. 1st grade has been prolific recently!
ound object prints created by kindergarteners. I love the way these prints turn out. Kindergarteners painted their papers (we’ve been doing tons and tons of color mixing, I gave them blue, red, yellow and white). The next class they took turns at three stations: printmaking, drawing, and cutting. At the printmaking station they used found object such as bubble wrap, toilet paper rolls, popsicle sticks etc.
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.
ody Portraits by kindergarteners. This project is always a success!
indergarten after school art club just finished some found object prints. First they used tempera paints to fill their papers and the second day we used popsicle sticks, blocks, bubble wrap and other random items to print with.
lma Thomas’s work inspired these paintings by our kindergarteners. They learned about warm and cool colors. Cool colors were used in their backgrounds and warm colors were used for their Alma Thomas spots.
Kindergarteners have been exploring shapes and the variety of ways they are used in art making. These are collographs: prints made from a collage. First the students cut out different shapes from thick paper. After gluing them down they coated their collages with mod podge. The next art class students got a chance to use printmaking materials. They rolled their own ink onto their collages using the brayers and printed them on another paper. I was so impressed with how well they handled the printmaking equipment!