As we have gotten deeper into Fall, I have been talking to the children a lot about colors and what they express. Our Toddler classes have completed working with the Primary Colors and they are learning how to paint by using a brush and other materials as well, including sponge brushes, scrapers and texture rings. They have been learning how to glue shapes on to paper and have been creating collages for each color that we have highlighted during these past weeks.
In the Nursery and Pre-K classes, we talked about buildings and I showed the children a picture of the Eiffel Tower, then built it out of blocks for them. We talked about how the building should be balanced or it would fall down. I started building with the bigger blocks on the bottom and then used blocks that got smaller as the building got taller. The Nursery children used paper shapes similar to the blocks and "built" an Eiffel Tower on tall pieces of paper similar to the block building.They also used the same blocks to print a tower. The Pre-K children drew a picture of the Eiffel Tower using white crayons on black paper and they drew with glue as well as adding some glitter.
Both Nursery and Pre-K looked at some pictures of Waterlilies by Claude Monet and we talked about what were the cool colors--I described them as being cool like the ocean. I wanted the children to use these cool colors to color in a piece of paper. I asked them to try to not color in the middle of the paper but to start with the corners and sides so they would have color all over their picture. To reinforce what the 3 year olds are learning in their classroom, I gave them some ovals to glue on their pictures and they also added lilies. We used both light and dark greens and talked about the difference.
The Pre-K also colored in their papers with the cool ocean colors, then painted over them with blue watercolor and added a "cloud corner" using white paint and sponges. We talked about what a reflection is and also about different things you can see through (transparent), like water, glass and plastic. I showed them the different kinds of paint we use in the Art Studio and how sometimes it's transparent (watercolor) and sometimes opaque (tempera--or as Max D called it: "Mouse Paint"). I showed them how opaque paint will cover up their name written on the paper, while they could paint over their name with watercolors and still read it.
The Kindergarten classes also talked about color. We reviewed the Primary Colors and then used them to mix the Secondary Colors. I showed them what a Color Wheel looks like and where the "cool ocean colors" were. We also discussed the "warm, sunny colors". They children used watercolors and painted one paper with warm, sunny colors and a second with cool ocean colors. On the back side of the warm colored painting, the children drew leaf shapes, then cut them out and glued them onto the cool painting so that it looked like autumn leaves floating in water. We added salt to the cool colored picture while it was wet for a mottled effect.
The afternoon Toddlers and Nursery children have been doing projects that describe different environments. Last week we made a picture of the Sky and what lives there. This past week the children mixed the primary colors together to make brown and added bunnies and worms for an "Underground" picture.
The Afternoon Pre-K children have been working on map and we have been looking at an atlas of maps and talking about what the blue parts and the green parts of a map indicate as well as where the roads are. We have been making maps of Crestwood as well!
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