This is always my favorite project of the year! You can read the details from a previous post here.
This is a continuation of Cassie Stephens unit on lines. So we started off class looking at some snake lines that I had made. Each snake was a different kind of line and we practiced saying their names. As we called out the name of the line, we made that particular line with our arms. I couldn't help but giggle at 20+ kindergartners chanting out "vertical (with their arms straight in the air), horizontal, angle..." After that, we learned a poem about Larry the Line (he's a stuffed snake). After reciting the poem a few times, we got to meet Larry the Line (a toy stuffed snake). Larry's FAVORITEEEE thing to do in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD is to make lines. So as Larry made lines with his body, students who could tell me the name of the line got to come up and pet him. Next, I challenged them to paint the same lines that I could paint. Typically, I'm not one for doing guided lessons, but I wanted to see what the students were capable of painting. By the end of class, I had tons of beautifully painted black lines. We set the paintings on the back burner for a couple classes and then came back to them.
We watched a funny music video about ROY G BIV that the kids LOVED! ROY G BIV is the acronym to remember the order of the colors for the rainbow. Then we watched another quick video of a lady reading a book about rainbows. Then we got to paint again! The students were given back their guided line paintings. They were shown how to paint a rainbow between the lines of their painting and then were asked to do the same. The paintings turned out lovely!
This year, I added another step to the project. The final day we cut our rainbow paintings into a monster body. They had a variety of different body shapes that they could trace or they could create their own. Then they used black and white paper to cut out eyes, noses, mouths, teeth, horns, and whatever other details they wanted to add!
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!
Kindergarten has started off the year learning about lines! For this project, they learned the difference between 2D and 3D!
I've written about this project in the past. You can read all the details here and check out all the awesome sculptures below!
Jasper Johns was an American Pop Artist who liked to work with things that we saw everyday but never thought twice about. A lot of his works deal with numbers, maps, and even flags! While he doesn't solely work with the primary colors, many of his artworks use only those colors.
Just like the first graders, kindergarten is also learning about Jasper Johns! I chose Jasper because he works a lot with numbers and since we were celebrating our 100th day of school, it seemed like a perfect fit!
The first day we got extra messy! We used primary colors to mix tints and shades all over our paper! The kinders loved this part of the project!
For the second day, we used white paint to paint whatever numbers we wanted facing all different directions. They were tickled pink when they got to paint 100! They also used some number stamps to print numbers all over their paper.
The final day, I created a bunch of number tracers out of card stock. Students used oil pastels to trace and color in different numbers all over their papers. Lastly, they glued on 3 numbers that I had die-cut out of the primary colors.
The kiddos begged me to do a project for Valentine's Day so we made these adorable hearts. This is a project that I got from my friend, Tasha Newton, over at iartmyjob.weebly.com.
We talked about tints and shades. Tints are colors mixed with white and shades are colors mixed with black. We mixed the tints and shades right on our tempera cakes. The students added these colors however they liked to their pre-cut hearts. We glued them on a background and then used a fork with white paint to print a border.
Mr. Pollock was a painter who lived from 1912 to 1956, ultimately dying in a car crash at the young age of 44. As most of you probably know, Jackson was famous for his "drip paintings." Oftentimes, people exclaim "Well I could've done that!" But the reason Mr. Pollock is famous is because he was a pioneer of the method during a time when people were dabbling more and more into abstract art. He was known for splattering, spraying, squirting, dripping, and pouring paint onto his canvas. He used all sorts of materials to do this such as brushes, sticks, spatulas, spoons, etc. He worked with his canvas on the floor so that he could "dance" around it as he worked.
So I'm pretty sure that I have a few more grey hairs after this project than when I started it! We started off by talking about Mr. Pollock and his different ways that he made art. Then I introduced them to string painting. Each table had a different color and they were encouraged to string paint with as many colors as they wanted to. For the second day of project, every two tables were given three boxes with an artwork in the bottom and marbles in it. The students didn't know whose artwork was in their box. I walked around and put a squirt of paint in each box. The students then had 40 seconds to roll the marbles around through the paint. After 40 seconds, they were asked to pass their box to the next person and I put a new color in it. Then we repeated the process again. We did this over and over until each painting had several different colors marble painted on to it. For the final day of the project, we reviewed our lines and shapes. I was so impressed with how well they remembered their lines after not having talked about them for so long! They were given black paint to paint different lines and shapes onto their artwork. Using the black paint as the final step was inspired by Deep Space Sparkle's Pollock project. We also reviewed how to use a paint brush correctly. Overall, I love how expressive the works turned out and how stark the black lines and shapes are against their backgrounds.
This was a quick one day project that I got from the lovely Cassie Stephens!
We hadn't done any color mixing in a while so I thought it would be a good idea to practice up on that. We read the book Mouse Paint which tells of three mice who get paint on their feet and accidentally mix their footsteps together to create new colors.
We drew 3 adorable mice using black crayon and mixed two primary colors together under each of them to create one of the secondary colors.
These lucky kinders were my first classes to earn clay privileges! We started off by talking about texture and describing the texure of various things around the room. We even realized that we had textures on the bottom of our shoes! We also talked about clay and how to use it. After this little discussion, we got to making some art! They were each given a small chunk of clay. They rolled it into a ball and then set it on the ground. They picked out a spot on the sole of their shoe that they liked and stepped that spot onto the clay. This left an imprint of their shoe texture on the clay. I wrote their name on the back and poked a hole in the top and set them aside to dry for a few days.
I then fired them in the kiln after they had dried. The kids didn't believe me when I told them that the kiln was hotter than their kitchen oven or even their grill! They crack me up! After they had cooled, I dipped them into watered down india ink. This dyed them a blackish color (they kind of looked like coal!).
The next class, we colored them with oil pastels. Because they had been dyed black, the contrast between the clay and the oil pastels really makes the textures pop. We wrapped a pipe cleaner through the hole in them and then wrapped the whole ornament in newspaper for them to take home.
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!
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA President-Elect. Apple Teacher.