Kindergarten Chickens

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!


Learning Goals

*I can draw common objects using simple shapes.

*I can carefully use oil pastels.

Second Grade Sunflowers

My second grade artists created these beautiful sunflowers this week.  We looked at Van Gogh’s Vase of Sunflowers and focused on a single sunflower, using careful shading in oil pastel to create our work of art.

sunflowers Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

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We learned about shading and value last fall with our pumpkin project – my second graders remembered this and did a beautiful job shading the sunflower petals.

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second grade sunflowers Finishing touch – I hot-glued seeds in the centers.

The Great Pumpkin Project

My second grade artists have been learning about the art element of VALUE this month.  This is kind of a difficult concept for second grade but I wanted to lay the groundwork for future projects relating to value.

So we began with a simple shading project using artist pencils.  My kiddos were excited to use the REAL art pencils and blending stumps to create their carefully blended and shaded masks.

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They really did grasp the way to shade from dark to light in this project!  Next we moved on to pumpkins and I introduced value again, this time created by shading with color.  We used oil pastels and blending stumps to shade and blend our pumpkins, creating the illusion of a very rounded form – with awesome results!

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Our principal, Mrs. Reagan, so dearly loved our pumpkins – so three now decorate her office door!

Mrs. Reagan's Office Door