|January 21, 2015||Posted by Cristy under Kindergarten|
We looked at this video and made a sketch on newsprint one day, then we looked more closely at some other more complicated castles the following day. I had kids use permanent marker, which I LOVE because of it’s bold black-ness and paint-over-ability and HATE because … well, you know about kinders and permanent. Add some bright liquid watercolors, and Ta-Dah! Two session quickie that integrates shape drawing, creativity and castle awesomeness! Okay – I’m off to scrub the tables some more……
|December 5, 2014||Posted by Cristy under Kindergarten|
Here’s something new I tried with my kinders. I ran across a third grade Dhurrie Dug “Magic Carpet” lesson on the fabulous “The Elementary Art Room!” by Megan Swartz and thought it might be a good intro to cutting and gluing paper with my littlest artists. Turns out – it’s perfect. Granted, these little guys haven’t developed the polish that an older artist might bring to the project, but we spent one session cutting stripes (The wavy/ziggy stripes were hard – next time I’ll just ask for straight stripes) the next session I showed them how to cut squares and triangles from stripes and how to use a folded piece of paper as a paintbrush and a puddle of glue on a scrap to manage teeny pieces of paper. They loved making their patterns. Finally I taught them how to make holes and attach the fringe. They LOVED it. The classroom was dead silent with intense focus as they applied their new skill to the edges of their paper. I made the fringe-making optional so that if a kid found it too hard he/she could go back to making the patterns on the stripes. The project was time-consuming (Next year I’ll allow four half-hour sessions) but the progression through skills was perfect and the enthusiasm was super high from my little rug makers! We found a keeper! (Love the blogosphere! – thanks Megan!)
|March 18, 2013||Posted by Cristy under Kindergarten|
I just love these. Can you tell?
|March 11, 2013||Posted by Cristy under Kindergarten|
A two-fer today of those clowns. I couldn’t help myself.
|March 8, 2013||Posted by Cristy under Kindergarten|
There’s a lot of research that demonstrates the value of painting in the development of young children. Tons of things go on in a kid’s brain when she swipes a brush through a color and uses it to represent something from her world, or her imagination. Color mixing in particular is a great brain bending exercise for youngsters that opens new and unexplored worlds. Teachers (and parents) often find that kids have so much fun mixing the paint that all you end up with is a bunch of mixed up paint, so many are reluctant to share this valuable exercise with the youngest of artists. My strategy is to limit the colors, so that whatever gets made will look great. Day 1 – white, red and yellow. Day 2 – white, blue and yellow. Day 3 – white blue and red. That way, the colors get to dry in between, the kid really gets to explore the variety of possibilities with each pair of primaries, and – well… the results look great!
|February 22, 2013||Posted by Cristy under First grade, Kindergarten|
What do you get when you combine a carrot, an anaheim chile, a poblano chile and some neon paint? Flowers, of course!
|February 14, 2013||Posted by Cristy under Kindergarten|
See this guy? He’s the perfect example of what makes kid art awesome. Look at those arms. See how the artist represented the joints in the shoulders, elbows and wrists? Now how about that box shape below with the horizontal lines. I guessed those were ribs, but I had to ask the kid.
“Dat him’s kelton. See? Hawt inside.”
Please, kid. Draw with your beautiful intuition, observation and sensitivity for the rest of your life. Don’t succumb to the stick man. Never. Give in. To Stick Man.
|January 10, 2013||Posted by Cristy under Kindergarten|
|March 17, 2011||Posted by Cristy under Kindergarten|
Mmmmm….. are these gorgeous, or what?
Now – you’re a mom, and your kindergartener has just presented it to you for mothers day, telling you that it’s a print he/she made from the sole of his/her precious little shoe. Are you swooning yet?
That’s what I visualized, anyway, but the reality has been somewhat different.
I picked up the trick of using Model Magic to take impressions to use for jewelery from a Crayola rep at NAEA conference a few years back. They had some pre-made texture stamps to use on them, and were painting them with some tricky pearly watercolor… they looked really nice.
So I dreamed up the “Intro to Texture” idea and thought of taking the shoe prints, knocked the dregs out of an old watercolor set and put into cups to make pre-mixed watercolor, then mixed some Blick Pearl Liquid Watercolor (that I bought special for the purpose) with some clear acrylic glaze for a nice over coat.
So far so good. Now for the action. The printing part went okay, the hole-making part was tough – it took lots of help to keep texture from getting wrecked making the string-hole. We put them on paper towels with names on them to dry. One bad thing here – they have this really irresistible sort of dried-up-marshmallow texture that kids just really want to bend… just… a… little too far and it breaks. They’re pretty soft. We used another session to paint the w/c color. Again, not bad, but the model stuff tended to stick to the towels when wet. (wax paper maybe? Label with a vis-a-vis pen? Maybe on a cookie tray?) Next class (we’re up to three, now) I had them up to my table four at a time to paint the pearly glaze… again, not bad, but hard to get both sides w/o sticking… kids tended to over-work and lift the watercolor, which is why I had them do it at my table. That, and I wanted to monitor the acrylic/brush thing closely.
Lastly I took yet another session to help each kid string the pendents. Those that had holes too small we tried hot-glueing on to pin backs.
So – the good:
Beautiful. Nice gift. Super easy. Nice “texture” intro. Looks convincingly ceramic-ish, but needs no kiln.
The material is too soft to be good jewelery. If pulled hard the string will rip out, pin-backs pull off, the pendent will break. A little bit too time and teacher-labor intensive for an art class (need to have another independent project running concurrently… would be good for a classroom in center time.)
No ugly. If nothing else, they were pretty.
Anybody have any tweeks to help this go smoother?