Kindergarten painted to music and learned about Kandinsky! Read my past post for details.
This is always my favorite project of the year! You can read the details from a previous post here.
Sorry I only got a couple pictures of this project! Students learned about Kandinsky and then practiced painting lines to music. Afterwards, they filled in the background with color. Lastly, the used an itty bitty brush to add patterns.
You can read more of the details from last year's write up which can be found here!
We were once again talking about shapes! Our kinder-kiddos are becoming quite the experts on their shapes. We started class by watching a timelapse video of snowflakes forming. They were mesmerized by the video! We noticed that snowlfakes have a hexagon in the center and as the snowflake begins to form and grow, the six spindles that come out from it are identical/form a pattern.
After the video, we reviewed our lines and shapes. Then we got to making some art! I pre-glued a white hexagon to the center of a black sheet of paper. I pre-cut a bunch of shapes using the die-cutter. They were to glue at least three shapes to each side of the hexagon, making sure that they used the same shapes for each side. I made sure these beauties got hung up for the Winter Concert!
Another continuation of Cassie Stephens' unit on lines. For this class, we of course had to talk more about lines! We once again practiced making lines with our bodies and with Larry the Line. The kids were really starting to catch onto the names of lines by now. We took a look at some artwork by Wassily Kandsinky. Mr. Kandinsky was a Russian painter who was one of the first people to ever paint abstractly/non-representationally. He was largely influenced by music due to his synesthesia. Synesthesia is a condition in which one of your senses becomes activated due to the stimulation of another sense. So when Kandinsky heard music, he would oftentimes see colors and vice versa. While looking at his work, we tried to see if we could find some of the lines that we had been talking about. After that, because they had shown expertise in the previous class during my guided line drawing, they were allowed to paint whatever kinds of lines they wanted to! Like Kandinsky, we painted to music. The kids were asked to fill their papers with black lines. After the paper had been filled with black lines, they could then paint colors between their lines. While they worked, we listened to "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev. This selection of music uses a different instrument for each character and allows for the students to interpret the sounds differently.
This year, I added one more layer to the painting. After using tempera cakes to paint to music, the next class we used tempera to add patterns. We talked about creating patterns using lines, colors, shapes, numbers, letters, or a combination of all of them!
Day of the Dead Necklaces
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd. It is a Mexican holiday in which they celebrate the lives of people who have passed away. The oftentimes bring things like presents, food, and flowers to graves. Rather than mourn for people who have passed, they celebrate the good memories that they have of the person. Although it traditionally depicts decorated skulls, it is not a scary holiday like Halloween. It is a joyous holiday.
This is my FAVORITTTTTTE project to do with my lil' artists. It's a quick one-dayer too. A couple days before I start this project, I press model magic (foam clay) into some skull-shaped ice cube trays that I found at the dollar tree. Then I poke a hole in the forehead and set them out to dry and harden. When the kinders arrived for class, we watched an adorable video about the Day of the Dead and talked about the holiday. We looked at some traditional sugar skull designs that I had printed off and drew them onto our skulls using sharpies. After they had finished drawing, they added a pattern (something we talked about that day) using beads to a colored wire that their skull was attached to. They were expected to make a pattern all the way up both ends of their wire.
Because this was a quick one day project, I let them take their necklaces home right away so I didn't get any pictures of their work. However, you get to see me wearing mine below!
As always, I read to my kindergartners about Dia de los Muertos and taught them how to say that string of tricky words. Jen found some ice cube trays shaped like skulls so we pressed model magic into them and then set them out to dry. The students then looked at some traditional Dia de los Muertos skulls for inspiration before using a black marker to draw designs on their skull. They also set metal brads into the eyes of the skulls. We then attached the skulls to a wire and had the students create patterns using beads on the wire. I don't know who was more excited about this project, me or the students.
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA President. Apple Teacher.