In Kindergarten today, we read some Eric Carle books and made our first deposit to our "Paper Bank."
We used oil pastels, liquid watercolors and rice paper.
We did some more color mixing today in Kindergarten, in preparation for the lanterns we'll put together next week when our special friends are visiting.
Today we read a story about colors and shapes working together harmoniously. It's a great story. The illustrations are beautiful, clear and accessible to young artists. After reading the story, we looked at some of the work of Henri Matisse and talked about how he might have created the images he made. We thought one of the methods he might have employed was cut paper.
We used scissors, contact paper, construction paper, tissue paper and black permanent markers to create these luminous works of art.
We are still exploring color and color mixing in Kindergarten. Today we experimented with what might happen if we removed blue from our palette and added braown. Beautiful autumn colors!
I had this very excellent book when I was little. My siblings and I read it and played with it all the time. I believe there was a second one that employed the same colorful overlay idea as well, but I can't remember what it might have been called. Anyway....I was extremely excited when I found that we had this one in our school library.
We are continuing to explore the concept of color mixing and the magic of using primary colors to make all of the other colors.
The kindergartners are also learning about butterflies in their classroom.
They had fun using the liquid watercolors and clean white palettes to experiment.
We started with the same three colors that Herbie - in the story - had available to him and we were able to create TONS more.
We finished our Miro paintings today! They are magnificent.
We read Ish, by Peter Reynolds, and browsed through some more of Joan Miro's paintings, paying particular attention to the way he used BLACK paint.
I gave a quick demonstration and we got right to work. I think our favorite part was the squirty bottle filled with black paint that we used to add our finishing touches.
Today in Kindergarten we read Mouse Paint. These Kindergartners are sharp and well-informed. They already knew all about what those mice were getting into! After reading about color mixing and discussing what we already knew... we looked at some of Joan Miro's paintings and decided that not only did he know about primary colors and how to mix them to make other colors, but he probably also knew how to play the shapes game!
TIME TO GET TO WORK!
The first thing we did was admire our mud paintings from last week. Then I gave a little demonstration. I drew a picture of myself using the shapes that I knew and liked. Then I added other members of my family. I turned my paper to make sure that the figures over-lapped and floated into each other. Then I received a palette containing red, yellow, blue and white paint. Using primary colors first, I painted a few areas of my picture in each of the colors. Then I began mixing paint to see what would happen. I painted in the rest of the shapes in my painting using the new colors I made. Kindergartners followed all of the same steps, but shared a palette with a friend. This way, they were able to work together to discover their new colors.
We are not finished with this project yet! Tune in next week for the exciting conclusion......
It's a mucky rainy day. Just perfect for today's Kindergarten project!
We began by reading Mary Lyn Ray's beautifully illustrated book called "Mud."
We had an animated discussion about whether or not we liked mud, muddiness, messy-ness, squishyness....muckyness.
A demonstration was given.
Artists were excited.
We each began with a HUGE piece of paper, some space and.....a bucket of mud.
After covering every speck of white on the page, we used tools to create texture and experiment.
So fun! But this is only the beginning. We'll be using these textured papers to create amazing works of art. Be sure to check in next week.