The cultural focus this year in art class is Asia, and the Kindergarteners are focusing on the country of India. There is a tradition in India that happens every year called the Elephant Festival. The elephants are painted with beautiful colors and designs. The students learned interesting facts about elephants from India and compared them to elephants from Africa. Did you know that elephants from India are smaller than elephants from Africa? The artists created their own elephants by sponge painting gray paper to create texture that looked like wrinkly elephant skin. They used their painted paper to create these wonderful elephants. Their favorite part was picking out the beautiful jewel for their elephant to wear on it’s head.
This project was inspired by the elephant project from the blog ‘Art with Mr. Giannetto.’
I can create texture.
I can create a collage.
Kindergarten artists learned about the Swiss painter Paul Klee. They viewed his painting entitled “Castle and Sun” and discovered that he liked to use many shapes in his paintings. After identifying geometric shapes in the painting, the Kindergarteners created their own castles and suns using the same shapes.
Kindergarten artists learned they can print shapes using every day objects like cardboard and cups. After the shapes were printed and dried, they added color using watercolor paints.
Learning Goals –
I can learn about the artist Paul Klee.
I can print geometric shapes using everyday objects.
Kindergarteners at Georgetown have been busy learning about lines in the art room. After reading the book, Lines that Wiggle, by Candace Whitman, they explored all different kinds of lines. They began by drawing lines in the air with their imaginary pencils, then they painted them on paper with black tempera paint. When those lines dried they used watercolor paints to paint color between their lines. The final step was to cut them to look like monsters by adding eyes, (or an eye), mouths, teeth, and other things to make their monsters unique. The Kindergarten artists had so much fun creating their monsters and they are proud to display them in the halls at Georgetown!
This was a great first lesson for Kindergarten. It took a few sessions, but we were able to learn many first skills in the art room. We learned how to use scissors properly by holding our thumbs up and moving the paper, not the scissors. We learned painting correctly by treating the paintbrush like a ballerina and tiptoeing in our paint and dancing across our paper. We also learned how to properly use a glue stick by making the glue peek over the edge and not pop over the edge. Best of all, we were able to learn the routine of painting and cleaning up paint in the art room by starting simple with just one color.
What a great school year it has been! Mrs. Persch and I couldn’t have survived without the fabulous help of some special volunteers. A HUGE thank you to Lisa Vredevoogd and her sweet daughter Mya for hanging artwork, taking art work down, hanging MORE artwork…you get the picture. We so appreciate that you help us beautify our hallways with our student masterpieces.
Another giant thank you to Amy Sremba for taking thousands (yes, thousands!) of photos of student artwork to upload to our online Artsonia Student Art Gallery. Thanks to Amy, we have 3,812 student works of art on display in our gallery for the 2014-2015 school year…and a grand total of 10,423 art pieces uploaded since 2010! Check out our gallery here!
We can’t thank you all enough…hope you enjoy the little owl pins I felted for you…and please come back in the fall for more fun!
Hoot! We love you!
Kindergarten artists had fun drawing and coloring these bright chickens. The artists learned they could use simple shapes to create their chickens. They started by tracing a circle for the head. They drew triangles and ovals for the beaks and feathers. A rectangle or square was used for the box, a circle for the sun, and ovals for the eggs.
In the Kindergarten art room we like to explore all different mediums throughout the year. This project introduced them to oil pastels. The artists founds out they were very messy, but created bright colors. Messy fingers usually make for a fun day in art class!
Here are just a few of our masterpieces!
*I can draw common objects using simple shapes.
*I can carefully use oil pastels.
Lots of smiling faces from Georgetown’s Artist Reception Thursday night at the HPS District Art Show! Take a look – it was a great night!
There are flocks of peacocks popping up in the Kindergarten hallway! The Kindergarten artists created these amazing peacocks after studying the artist Eric Carle. They discovered that Eric Carle wrote and illustrated many of their favorite picture books. After a fun and messy session of painting papers, the students cut their papers to create their peacocks.
I can identify the art of Eric Carle
I can use warm and cool colors to create a peacock
Mrs. Persch and I spent a busy Saturday afternoon getting artwork ready for the upcoming HPS District Art Show. Still more work to do…but we are making good progress!
Georgetown Parents…thanks for stopping by the Art Room during conferences to pick up your child’s artwork! We enjoyed seeing all of you and we LOVE being able to send home all that beautiful artwork unwrinkled and un-smooshed!
If you were not able to drop in, feel free to stop by the art room before or after school and we can help you out. We will also have a final art pick up day during the last week of school.
~ Mrs. Brouwer & Mrs. Persch
Stacks of art…ready to go!