The kindergarten students study insects and they often have a beekeeper come and share what it is like to be a beekeeper and how we get honey.
He brings in the clothes, tools, pictures, empty hives, and honey. It really is fun for the students.
I did a project last year on black paper. This year, we did it on white.
They had a lot of fun collaging their bees and creating a background. As always, we did this in 30 minutes!
I think they are just so cute and have loads of personality.
My kindergarten students looked at Rizzi buildings, took a second look at La Boca Houses and other interesting architecture.
They created these using Styrofoam printing plates, brayers, and ink.
My K/1 Combo class did this lesson. They painted the background first doing the sky white then adding blue, they then painted the ocean with blue, green, and white. We did not rinse between colors so that was one less clean up step. I had them wipe their brushes on scrap paper or their placemats.
While that was drying, I showed them our “magic square” trick. A square can be cut into 2 triangles or 2 rectangles.
They then made boats with the squares of painted paper. I often use my old demo lessons chopped up for things like this. I also have some art room helpers who will take the paint leftovers from a paint day and paint on “oops” papers.
That paper is made by my upper grade student helpers. While I am pretty conservative in pouring paint, there is always a bit of leftover paint on the supply plates and it is a good way to use that up. (Reduce, reuse recycle: it’s good for the budget)
They then cut and assembled the boats however they wanted to.
Everyone seems to do a Peter Diem Cow lesson!
They are so colorful and perfect for young ones.
I had my K/1 class, do a guided drawing of a cow. Some wanted 4 legs, udders, and tails so they did. Others copied Peter Diem.
They colored with oil pastel then used markers and water for a blended background.
For this lesson, my kindergarten students drew a cat and flowers in oil pastel and then painted over it with black water color.
I like watercolor paintings to be bright and cheery so I take out the black and brown paint. I have a lot of black watercolor paint because I take it our of our paint trays.
This lesson allowed us to use up some of those black paint trays. The hardest part is getting kindergarten students to color hard enough that the water color resists the paints.
My Kindergarten students and the K/1 combo class created these images.
We did the clouds and lightning bolts first.
Then they could choose houses or city buildings.
Once complete, they painted with black watercolor paint.
I did these apples with my K/1 combo class.
I showed them how to draw apples in a bowl, on a table, in a footed bowl and they could do them however they chose to.
We drew them with black crayon and filled in with paint.
One mom told me her child loved it so much he kept drawing apples in bowls.
I think they are a lot of fun.
In the teacher workroom is a box that says, “Art Scraps”. A few years ago, a recycling minded parent created the box for us. Teachers and parents put all the construction paper and other paper scraps from projects in the box. For this project, we used some of those scraps.
Students in my 1/2 combo class were given heart templates to trace. They then filled the hearts with scraps of paper.
I used cups of white glue mixed with water and some sponge brushes that were donated. They traced the heart templates with our black Staonal Crayons. They used scissors or tearing to make the pieces of paper smaller.
Because they came out so nice, I did the lesson again with my K/1 group.
For them I pre-traced the hearts to save time. There is only one class of this combo and it is small. They actually ended up having time to cut the hearts out and glue them onto black paper. I think it is always good for students to have extra scissor practice and the black background really makes the hearts stand out.
We did a lot of Still Life images this month.For Kindergarten, we did cupcakes. I use Staonal marking crayons for K’s instead of sharpies.
Staonal chunky black crayons are great for little hands and of course, hold up far better than a sharpie when used on a wet painting.
I demoed how to draw cupcakes and the different types of frosting tops. Then they chose to draw and paint one or more.
I like to show my youngest students how to draw something but leave up the composition and images up to them. For me, this allows them to learn how to draw while giving them the freedom to create an image as they see it.
I feel that this approach allows more creativity. I always tell them that they can follow along and draw what I draw or watch me first and then create their own.