Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Totally Squares - Process over Product

Fun masterpieces built from continued tool exploration - my lesson was inspired by the book, Perfect Square by Michael Hall. It's really all about the process with Pre-K and I am starting to really embrace this philosophy - what a feeling of freedom, not just for me but how special and meaningful for the kids! We created these over two class sessions.....

Day #1 - random sizes of colorful paper cut into squares and 3x3 origami paper squares, glue sticks, oil pastels. The kids experimented with ripping, crunching and folding the squares before gluing and moving on to the pastels.....

Day #2 - old book pages cut into squares, glue colored with liquid watercolor and glitter, paint sticks. The kids worked on tearing the book pages and used the colored glue to not only adhere, but to add colorful blotches of color, then they got to work with paint sticks! 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pre-K : shape exploration

This year, I am spending a lot of time with the smallest people in the school building - Pre-K. A very long time ago, the thought of teaching art to Pre-K was mind-boggling, but now that I've had the opportunity to work with them, I've learned that they are *magical*. They are so fun and I love them! I work with a Pre-K class every day of the week, so I have many chances to work out kinks and create what I think is best for them - which includes a lot of exploration and play with art tools. I am not an expert, but I do know that Pre-K's benefit so much from playing and experimenting with art tools. It gets kind of trance-like in the art room while they are busy making and playing and it's an incredible thing to observe :) I have been learning a lot from the blog by Meri Cherry and I highly recommend her e-book too, Art Secrets Every Teacher Should Know

Here are some results from our first project of the year - each kid created a large 12x18 multi-media artwork that we added to over the span of three, 40 minute art sessions together. We always start class with a fun book, then I introduce the tools one at a time so that I can really dissect them and how to use/care for them. So. much. fun!!!
Day #1 - pencils, shape stencils, then crayons
Day #2 - pre-cut paper shapes & glue sticks, dot stickers, then markers
Day #3 - watercolor paints! and water soluble oil pastels

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Kindergarten Nevelson Sculptures

This lesson is one of my perennial favorites - found-object assemblages with Louise Nevelson. What a fun time Kindergartners had stacking, arranging and building their sculptures. The lesson does require a bit of prep for the teacher, but it's quite worthwhile. I put together trays of scrap cardboard pieces, woodsie shapes, popsicle sticks, clothespins (large and tiny found at the Dollar Tree), cardboard egg containers and itty bitty pencils that have been collected over time. The cardboard base for each child measured at around 8x11. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed! The final touch was the drippy gold tempera paint.......I think if Louise had walked into our classroom, she would have been proud!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pre-K Daisies

Look at these sweet daisies made by my littlest friends in the art room, Pre-K! This is a one-day lesson for the littles that they make on 12x12 art paper. The process is quite simple - drawing and painting - and only requires a few supplies for the teacher to assemble ahead of time - yellow construction paper crayons, yellow & orange oil pastels and watered down green paint, pencils and brushes.
Before the kids come, the teacher will pre-trace a circle in the middle of each paper for a starting point.

Using pencil, show the kids how to jump around the center of the flower to create the petals. If possible, show off some real daisy flowers - observation is such a powerful thing! Once the drawing step is complete, have them color the center of the flower using the yellow construction paper crayon. For the petals, I showed the kids how to use the yellow oil pastel first. Then we blended some orange oil pastel on top. To make everything look a little more natural, I showed them how to use the yellow oil pastel again to smear the two colors together - loads of fun! The finishing touch is the green paint for the background!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Heart Work!

This post should have hit the blog about a month ago during the month of February when we were inspired by all things Jim Dine and the power of symmetry. Here we are a month later and as I think about it, hearts are a worthy symbol that can be celebrated during any month of the school year! So, let these projects inspire something "heart-ish" for your art room :) Please enjoy the assortment of work below and add a comment if you would like details on anything in particular!

Pre-K Heart Variations:

Kindergarten Heart Collage:

1st grade Bold Hearts (two styles):