The school year is really starting to fly and the children are busy creating and having lots of fun in our Art Studio. In mid-November, as we started getting ready for Thanksgiving, I incorporated the theme of food into our visual learning.
The Toddlers continued working with shapes and they made a shape collage using large shapes first and then placing medium and small ones on top of each other. They also started to combine shapes to make objects.
Using a triangle and a square to print a house; and squares, triangles, a circle and a trapezoid to make a rocket ship in space. They drew lines and used circles to make a "spaghetti and meatballs" picture, adding a little red paint for the "sauce".
The Nursery and Pre-k/k children looked at two pictures this month:
"House by the Railroad" by Edward Hopper and "Joy" by Mary Miller-Doyle and I introduced them to different kinds of printmaking. The Nursery children made a house collage that we printed with finger paint and the Pre-k/k children tried relief printing using a styrofoam printing plate.
After looking at the painting "Joy", the children began working on painting fruit. Each child has their own easel to use in our Art Studio and the children painted oranges, pears and plums. They started by painting the outline of the fruit using a darker color, then mixed in a lighter one to finish painting the piece of fruit. For instance, they painted red circles and then filled them in using yellow paint. This way they mixed an orange but the fruit had a darker edge and lighter center and appeared more dimensional than it would have if it were painted a solid orange. They mixed green pears and purple plums in a similar manner and this way learned to mix all of the secondary colors. All the children cut out the fruit and reassembled them on another paper along with a plate and napkins, making a still life picture.
The afternoon art classes worked on wood sculptures. We looked at the totem pole on the Crestwood mini golf course and some of the classes made totem sculptures. They also used shape stampers and metallic paint to create space pictures similar to the ones the toddlers worked on.
The children have been great about learning the routines we use in the Art Studio: hanging up their coats, putting on smocks, placing their project on the shelf and cleaning up their work area. It is a lot of little things to remember but so important to their growth and educational experience!
Please click here to view more of the wonderful art work on our school photo website.