May 22, 2017 The Art Studio has been VERY busy preparing for the upcoming school-wide art show. Kindergarten Artists have finished two pieces since the last post. Many of these will be exhibited at the show. After collaging the lady-bugs, we demonstrated the lines and patterns we know to create a background for them.
Kindergarten Artists did a guided drawing to create these beetle pieces. Each artist practiced bilateral symmetry, an idea we are going to explore more in 1st grade. The beetles are made of simple shapes to support the learning target, "I can produce shapes independently including squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, and ovals."
April 6, 2017 Kindergarten Artists are plugging along on their ladybug collages. We talked about the different shapes and patterns in their pieces as well has the number of legs and spots on each unique ladybug. These should be completed in the next class or two.
March 20, 2017 With power outages and conferences, Kindergarten Artists have had few classes in the last month. We have been working on spring projects to practice predicting patterns and independently producing shapes. Kindergarten artists are really impressing me with their scissors skills and multiple-step instructions! We are using so many more tools and techniques now and utilizing more of the art room on our own.
February 13, 2017 Kindergarten Artists have finished up their Kandinsky pieces and are working towards completing a mixed media piece inspired by the work of Jim Dine. Each student traced and cut out four hearts to collage onto their background in a pattern. They used paint to embellish each of the quadrants of their piece. Up next, we will be working on a spring piece to support our line and shape learning targets.
January 9, 2017 Happy New Year! Kindergarten Artists will be starting a new project this week to support the learning targets, "I can demonstrate pattern in art," and "I can produce shapes independently." We will be looking at artist Vassily Kandinsky for inspiration for our collaborative piece. Each Artist will choose a shape to draw concentrically (one shape inside of another shape inside of another shape). We will work on patterns to fill in the spaces between each shape.
December 11, 2016 This past week, Kindergarten artists started winter drawings. We used marker and oil pastel to draw circles, ovals, and triangles to create a penguin. In the next class, we will see how the oil pastel resists the watercolor when we paint them.
December 3, 2016 This week, Kindergarten artists finally had pudding day! We talked about different shapes, practiced drawing them in our yummy medium, and had a blast eating our work!
FYI: Most of the artwork that is created in the Art Studio is a standard framing size. This makes it easy to frame and exhibit your young artist's work at home or gift to loved ones.
November 13, 2016 This week, Kindergarten artists will continue their studies of lines and shapes using PUDDING as our drawing medium. Discoveries through play based learning are so valuable and fun at this age!
Take a look at the lions below at on Artsonia. Each one is so unique and precious. Can you point out the different lines and shapes used to create these works of art?
November 5, 2016 Kindergarten artists finished up their lion paintings this past week, and I am super excited about them! They are beautiful, adorable, and FIERCE! We learned how to set up for paint, gently "wake up the paint," with water, clean our brushes between colors, and clean up at the end of class. We talked about matching our movements to "flow like the paint," and had a really enjoyable, productive class. Unfortunately, I was not able to photograph or mount these paintings yet, as they were very very wet!
We will continue to work on shape and line in the next few projects to support our corresponding learning targets. You can help your young artist at home by identifying the lines and shapes in your world. "Is that a horizontal line on the cabinet? What shape is our kitchen table?" Shapes and lines are all around us. What a beautiful way to discover our world!
October 29, 2016 Last week, we practiced tracing some basic shapes to get familiar with their names, what they look like, and how to draw them. Our next projects will support the learning target, "I can produce shapes independently including squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, and ovals." and , "I can produce 6 different types of lines." This past week, we used black permanent marker to create a drawing of a lion. This next week, we will use tempera paint to finish the piece. Look for these soon on Artsonia and in the hallways.
This Kindergartener is FIERCE!
September 26, 2016 Kindergarten artists are working on a fall-inspired project that will support their developing fine motor skills. Each artist will create a pumpkin collage using torn paper. We spent time ripping paper, learning how to use a glue stick, and practicing procedures for gathering and putting away materials. Look for finished work on Artsonia in the next few weeks!
Kindergarten artists are starting the year with basic color and shape recognition. We will also be working on scissors and gluing skills. Your young artist may be adept at using scissors or these skills may just be emerging. Click on the links above for resources that may help in cultivating these skills. We could ALL use more practice.
Kindergarten art lessons will focus on supporting the following "I can" statements:
I can produce 6 different types of lines.
I can produce shapes independently including squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, and ovals.