Georgetown’s Art and Steam teachers collaborated on a very cool project. Our Kinders and First graders were challenged in Mrs. Totten’s STEAM Studio to design and build their perfect paint brush. (See the project in STEAM class here.) They thought about the kinds of marks they wanted to make with their brushes and created brushes that would dab, draw, and make different types of lines.
STEAM Brushes – ready to paint.
Their colorful brushes were put to the test in Mrs. Brouwer’s art class. First grade artists created an abstract landscape with their newly built brushes.
First step – a little texture rubbing.
Step two – putting those brushes to work with paint!
A little black paint to outline – and beautiful landscapes by First Graders are complete.
Kindergarten artists were also excited to create with their STEAM brushes. We explored the work of Eric Carle, and created a background of water for our darling Eric Carle inspired yellow ducks.
We wrapped up our Steam/Art Brush Project with a discussion about the brushes and how well they worked. Our First Grade and Kindergarten students had some great ideas to improve their brushes, including using clothes pins to hold cotton balls on the brushes so they could change the cotton balls when they got gooey with paint. Many wanted to go back to Steam class and figure out ways they could design ways to clean their brushes to re-use them, along with attaching more objects to the brush to make different painted lines. This was a great thinking + creating project, with beautiful results!
Georgetown Kindergarten artists have been exploring the art element of COLOR.
They created power armbands while learning rainbow color order – that color guy ROYGBIV really knows his stuff!
Their primary color cars have been a huge hit; who knew you could do so much with just red, yellow and blue.
Next came the secondary colors, and a fun opportunity to mix primary colors to create green, orange, and purple. We did it the non-messy way – by wiggling our fingers on top of paint covered with plastic wrap. Squishing the colors around the paper plate was a sensory bonus – kind of like squeezing a painted stress-ball!
We even learned about TINTS by mixing in some white with our new colors.
Kindergarteners loved that even our trash looked pretty on color mixing day!
Georgetown’s Kindergarteners are really excited about their new project…drawing cars and trucks. We read lots of books about vehicles and talked about all the details on vehicles – big tires with fancy tire treads, door handles and doors, lights, and mufflers. These kids know their vehicles and had a blast drawing the car or truck of their dreams.
Before they began adding color to their vehicles, we did a review of the primary colors and used just red, yellow, and blue on their masterpieces. Mrs. Brouwer challenged them to do their best coloring by moving only their hand – not their whole arm – while coloring. They gave those small hand muscles quite a workout!
Learning Goals: I can identify the primary colors; I can color using my small hand muscles; I can add lots of details to my drawing. And an unexpected learning goal that I love: at the end of each class, my kinders have been telling each other what they learned that day. Here’s one of the best ones: “I learned that when you paint the sky, the color goes all the way down to meet the ground”.
Look for these fabulous vehicles on our ARTSONIA on-line gallery soon!
Kindergarten artists learned about landscapes while creating these sweet little snowscapes. They also learned a fancy new art word: collage – meaning “to glue” in French!
Find more of our “Let It Snow” collages at Georgetown’s ARTSONIA art gallery here.
Thanks to Krokotak for this Snowy Day Collage project!
Kindergarteners know lots of cool things about spiders! We talked about spiders that jump, what spiders eat for lunch (flies, of course), and counted how many legs a spider has. We read Eric Carle’s “The Very Busy Spider” and made some awesome fuzzy spiders.
Kindergarten artists learned about the art element of texture as they created their spooky spiders. After they were given their fabric spider bodies, Kinders used their weekly vocabulary word describe to tell each other the texture they could feel on their spider bodies. They were excited to think up new “feels like” words including fuzzy, soft, furry, squishy, and even the scratchy texture on the underside of their fabric.
Kinders followed many directions to cut spider eyes and fangs, and loved folding and rolling paper to make fancy spider legs. They made sure they were not “glue monsters” as they glued their spider parts using “just a dot, not a lot”.
I CAN: describe texture, use scissors correctly, use careful glueing skills
Special thanks to Tina for the fabulously furry spider idea!
See more Kindergarten Texture Spiders on our ARTSONIA website!
It’s been a busy first couple of weeks in our Georgetown art room! Here’s a look at what we’ve done in the last 9 days since school began.
We did this!
Quarter circles – we put them together to make some fancy circles.
We talked about three big Art Elements and read an awesome book – because we are all MAGNIFICENT artists!
Kinders and Firsties drew their favorite things and made table tags to help Mrs. B. learn ALL their names! Yikes, I have lots of leaning to do.
Fourth and Fifth graders put new pages in their sketchbooks and did some drawing.
Third graders described warm and cool colors and began a new watercolor project.
Second graders began torn paper masks (mean Mrs. Brouwer took their scissors away and ugh, they had to TEAR the paper!). No Glue Monsters allowed for this project!
Kinders met Mr. Mondrian and practiced their cutting skills to create their own Mondrian Broadway Boogie Woogies.
And Firsties began a cool Picasso project….but I was too busy to take pictures – more later.
Whew! And that is just the first nine days folks!
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.