Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Picture The Music

On to my annual winter project -  compliments of the St. Louis Symphony...Picture The Music!!!! I get excited every year to collaborate on this unique opportunity with a great organization. This year, our song selection is Beethoven's 6th Symphony 4th Movement (I think...). Anyway, we listen to the piece of music, discuss how art and music can elicit emotions and feelings. We do a lesson on comparing and contrasting between paintings that elicit certain 'moods' so kids can see a connection between line and color and feelings. This project had a LOT going on! We cut shapes from sheet music, used rulers to draw straight lines (like in Kandinsky's paintings), used watercolor crayons to add color, and stamped circles on the finished piece.  It took the entire class period but the kids were really intrigued and did a great job on their artwork! Now to select the finalists to send to the Symphony...hmmm. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Winter Houses

This is a cute lesson to do with primary classes. We watched an old Norwegian folk tale about the North Wind on You Tube before starting the project. Each student got a different background color on which they used a variety of colored construction paper to create their houses. The fun part was stamping the snow dots on their art at the end!  These will look great on display and brighten our hallway for the remainder of this dreary winter season. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Kindergarten Polar Bears

There's nothing I love more than winter art! It gives me the excuse to break out the sparkles!!!! We watched a YouTube video on Polar Bears and created these fun creatures using watercolors, glitter, & white paper. I walked them through each step and they turned out so cute! I can't wait to hang them up in the hallway. And since we live in the Midwest, we can probably keep these arctic paintings up until May!!! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kindergarten Christmas Trees!

We did sorting, comparing, patterns, and measuring today in art class!  Whew! These kindergartners did a fabulous job creating  these stacked Christmas Trees! I had pre-cut strips of paper on their tables so they could select, compare, and measure which strips come next in the pattern. We glued stars at the top and hole-punched dots for ornaments.


You could either do the project along with them and show them each strip to glue down, or you can do what I did and show the process first and then then see who can do it. This time of year, I start to let go of some of the control to evaluate their skills. Either way you teach it, these will look great in a Christmas display!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

Love, love, LOVE this little video about pumpkins!!!  I used it last year with my October lessons and couldn't WAIT to use it again!  It's just darling!  For my kinders, I decided to go with a simple lesson on landscapes and horizon lines.  We drew the ground and the sky and kept it pretty simple.  Next, I put 4" orange squares on their tables and had them draw and cut out pumpkins for their pumpkin patch.  They did a great job and this lesson goes to show that you don't have to have something over-the-top and extravagant to engage your students.  Sometimes simple is best.