Saturday, April 9, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I wanted to share with you how I use paints with my younger classes. I have an empty table up front next to my technology chart. With masking tape I tape a line around the table. I then place my paint containers with paintbrushes inside around the tape. I demonstrate that students can use one color at a time to take back to their seats, and when they are finished they are to put the paint back behind the "MAGIC LINE". I explain that it is so magical because if their paint is put behind it wont fall off the table and others can pick it up safely. Students are not to take colors from others, but are to only pick them up from the table. This idea has worked perfectly for 10 years.
Next student are to paint four circles (different sizes)above their vase. On their table I have sponges cut up for PRINTING the petals. These are cut in rectangles, squares, circle, traingles, tear drop,etc.
Students are to print around the circles with the sponges, one color at a time. Then with a another color paint a different sponge and print another flower. Soon the flowers will start overlapping, which makes the still life Gorgeous!
You are probably thinking. Won't the sponges get painted with different colors? Yes they will, which actually mixes the paint alittle and works just fine.
Also these classes needed not to even add stems. The flowers overlapped enough.
At the end of class students write their name in the vase just like Vincent did himself.
- My classes first started with a ball of low fire white clay and created a pinch pot.
- using needle tools and wet clay they scored and slipped their facial parts on.
- pots were left to dry several days and then bisque fired at a cone 04.
- Next class period we glazed with Speed Ball glazes and glazed fired at a cone 05.
- Some classes glazed with color glazes and others used clear glaze only. Both results were fabulous.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
- Understand and follow step by step presentation of art activities
- create by using imagination
- use art tools safely and appropriately. glue (just a dot not a lot)
- identify types of lines from previous lesson
- 12x9 Black construction paper (Because my school is so big and we have so many kindergarteners I have had to use smaller paper. Years ago we used 12x18 paper. Both work)
- 1 inch paper strips
- glue bottles
Demonstrate how to fold, curl, zig zag, etc the paper to look like lines. Strips can go under, over, and through other lines. Students start off with four different color strips and when they are finished they can get more.
I demonstrate first how to add a small dot of glue on the ends of the strips and how to pop up and hold down on the black paper for 10 seconds. I tell them that in order for your strips in stay we must count to ten out loud. It's the magic trick. All throughout the class students are counting. It is adorable!
The more rollers coasters they add the better. This is a great lesson in building and incorporates so many art concepts. At the end of class kindergarteners line up with their rollers coasters and take home. Before they leave I show them how to hold going down the hall, sitting at car pool and on the bus. This lesson is a must!