|February 2, 2009||Posted by Cristy under Kindergarten|
This is a new little twist on an old theme – I had kids rapidly paint white over most of the page in opaque tempera, then add tiny bits of other colors and blend as desired. Blending colors is a great experiment, and lots of fun. Kids learn lots from mixing color on paper, and it’s good for their brains.
Next snow goes down on the lower part of the paper, followed by a snowman shape. I demonstrate light and shadowed sides of figures with a spotlight, and show them how to add tiny (hopefully) amounts of blue to represent the shady side. With any extra time details are added with a small brush. The next part is something I swiped from a teacher who posted her work on “Artsonia” a website for sharing student work. With fine black pens the kids outline their painted shapes over the dry paint, and add any details they couldn’t get in with the paint. I like the look of that outline – and while some kids had the chance to use marker, I really preferred the subtlety of this thin line – doesn’t overwhelm the paint, but allows the kid to define edges, and re-state what was important to him or her at the time. The exuberance in these never fails to make me smile. I should probably find a good hook into historic artwork to illustrate this type of blending to make this charming little project a little more discipline based. If you have a suggestion, I’d love to hear it!