Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kindergarten Apples!!!

     I LOVE everything about Fall!  The colors, the tastes, the smells.  And I absolutely LOVE Fall artwork! It is the time of the year for annual visits to the apple orchards, so I decided it's time for apple-themed artwork here at school.  I was going to apple stamping with the kindergarteners, but forgot to make a trip to the store for a bag of apples.  What's a teacher to do?  So, I decided to do apple stencils instead.  This was probably a wise choice since it is only the 3rd week of school and I don't think the kids are quite ready for the adventure of apple stamping.  We watched this darling video on You Tube about counting to 10.  Then, we traced 10 apples on our paper.  Next, we painted 5 of the apples red and 5 of them green.  I feel like this was a perfect interdisciplinary lesson on counting and art for my young kinders.  Enjoy!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Mondrian Paintings

     It's always fun teaching kids about Piet Mondrian and his simple use of line, color, and shape. It's so simple it's fascinating. Oftentimes kids think art has to be complicated and realistic. In lessons like this one, kids gain a great sense of a accomplishment. To begin the lesson, I showed my 2nd graders a You Tube video showing the progression of Mondrian's paintings from the very beginning of his career to the end. Then to start the project, we glued down strips of black paper to create a grid of squares and rectangles. Next, we used primary colors to paint a select few shapes. They did a great job!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

3-D Paper Apples!

     Typically every September I do a series of apple projects with the kids. This week, I did the apple stenciling with the Kindergartners and thought we needed something 3-D to compliment our paintings that are on display. And...since a 1st grader walked by as I was hanging the paintings today and said "Look! They're Christmas Apples!"  (Because of the red and green paint. Yes, very literal.) Anyway, I had an idea to make a giant apple tree in the Primary hallway to hang our paper apples! I'll post more pictures when I have it completed. But here are the apples we made today with 2nd graders... 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Chalk Self-Portraits

What a fun way to make self-portraits!!!! I was skeptical at first using the chalk pastels with my 2nd graders because we all know that chalk pastels can go from beautiful to disaster in no time! However, the students did SO well listening and following directions and their artwork shows it! For this drawing you have to think backwards a little bit. For example we first drew the head and then the eyes and then colored everything but the eyes. Then we drew the neck, colored it, and drew the shirt and colored that. Then, we added facial features with black chalk and added the hair and then colored the background. These look fabulous hanging in the hallway! I may have fumed myself out of the art room for the afternoon because I sprayed them with Fixative so they wouldn't smear. The things we do for art!!!! Sheesh.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Reflection Paintings

This was a fun but exhausting project with my 1st graders. We did Reflection Paintings today using construction paper houses and painting the reflection with watercolors. We should have started with a 1-media project for the 2nd week of school but that's not how I roll. I dive right in! Ha-ha! The kids did a great job, however. There were a few water cup spills and a few kids painting on each other, but all-in-all the paintings turned out great and will look FAB hanging up in the hallway!