Kindergarten body portraits are one of my favorite projects of the year. They are so fun!
Kindergarten line paintings.
Kindergarteners do an aquatic study in science at our school. They have an aquarium in their classroom, they visit the local aquarium, they learn about different bodies of water, and a variety of aquatic animals. In art we practiced drawing a variety of ocean animals from reference photos while working on an ocean mural. We used watercolors for the sand and water (adding salt to create texture). Then we used tempera to paint seaweed and stamp coral. Last each Kinder group chose an ocean animal and we used printmaking foam to create stamps.
Kindergarten finished up animal drawings a few weeks back. We used oil pastels and watercolors.
2nd grade has begun choice based art making a few weeks back. So far they have the drawing, painting, and collage centers open. 2nd grade is so full of ideas they want to create imagery of.
Choice art is now in full effect with 4th, 3rd, and 2nd graders. Every class I teach is even more exciting than before when I led the project. I still demo a lesson, but when I move about the room asking kids about their work it’s a unique conversation every time because they are all working on something different. Before I would walk up and ask what are working on? And of course I already knew. They were working on the project I told them to work on. Don’t get me wrong there is still a time and place for a more guided project. For example 4th graders are doing marbling this week. 2nd graders will be creating some transportation printmaking projects later in the year. But man the diverse work the kids are creating is astounding!
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.