reading & writing with art

November 28, 2011

Color Wheel & Pointillisim Turkeys

It was Turkey Time so we made artsy turkeys.  My kindergartners looked at the color wheel and we also talked about the colors of the rainbow and how they blend together.  We found various items circles in the classroom to trace and decided how to make them various sizes and glue them in order.  Then we turned these fabulous color wheels into turkeys.  It was an easy quick lesson to do with my classes before Thanksgiving...and they look so bright and cheery in the hallway. 

We also learned about Seurat and did a quick version of pointillisim turkey collages.  You can visit my power point link here:

November 15, 2011

Beijing Opera Inspired Mask

Our Chinese teacher, Ms. Hu, worked with my art students on this project.  The first did research on the Beijing Operas and looked at the meaning behind the mask...the symbols, colors, designs, etc.  Next they created their own designs on their mask for display.  They turned out really well I think.

Whooo Loves Art? I'm Not Cute - K and 1st grade Owls

Whoooo wouldn't love these cute little owls?!  We read the book I'm Not Cute!
It is a cute easy read aloud about a baby owl that everyone says is cute.  But he doesn't want to be cute, he wants to be a scary hunting machine!  Next we used scraps of wrapping paper and scrapbook paper for the body and found circles around the room to create the eyes.

November 07, 2011

Clay Sculputures for Fall

We continued our FALL pumpkins and leaves and fell into clay sculptures.  These are still in the process.  Final photos to be posted later.

Kindergarten and First did coiled pumpkins which we have just started.  They will be painting this week.  We punched a circle close to the stem where we are going to thread green ribbon and pipe cleaners to resemble the leaves and serve as a hanger. 

2nd & 3rd grade did Leaf Art which I spotted on funart4kids blog.  Thank you for the idea!  The first round I baked and they all went flat.  I realized I can bake these in the paper bowls to keep their shape...so we tried again. 

4th made miniature pumpkins (pinch pot technique) with lids.