Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Kindergarten - Winter Landscapes


This is a great first, serious painting for Kindergarten.  First we looked a the difference between Landscapes, Cityscapes, and Seascapes.  Then the difference between the seasonal Landscapes. We began with a container of yellow paint and chip brushes.  Students painted a yellow circle anywhere on the paper.  When finished, I went around with a container of magenta paint and added a small amount.  They stirred it up and discovered yellow-orange! It was an exciting moment! We painted a ring around our sun with the new color.  We repeated the magenta two more times, deepening to orange and then to red-orange.

I collected the brushes and paint and passed out new.   A new plate with turquoise and white.  The students added a blue ring to their sun, (to keep the nice shape they created).  Then, they filled in the rest of the paper with the turquoise/white mixture.


The second week, we printed snow with very large circle sponges, full of texture.  Next, we practiced printing trees on a scrap paper with the side of a piece of cardboard.  We looked at trees and noticed the various lengths of trunks, branches, sticks and twigs.  Each student printed 1-3 trees on their paintings. I framed these with a 1/2" white boarder and a 1" black behind it.  I like to take the time to frame a painted like this for my Kindergarten students.  When these go home, the parents start to see their child's artwork as a valuable masterpiece!

15 comments:

  1. What a great project for Kindergarteners! Just lovely!

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  2. Such wonderful projects that I have browsed through already. Welcome to the wonderful world of art teacher bloggers!!

    www.drawthelineat.blogspot.com

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  3. Super project, nice instructions.

    Why can't I find a 'follow this blog' button anywhere?

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  4. I checked back and this time your followers button showed up. So I am now a follower!

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  5. I read about your new blog on Painted Paper. Just wanted to stop by to welcome you to the fold:))
    ps. I love the sparseness of the bare tree branches. I like using the sides of scrap board with kinders -- they take to the process so willingly!!

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  6. Thanks! I like the "less is more" sometimes too. The practice paper before this step helped. It alerted me to the students who where going to go crazy with the cardboard... and got it our of their system. They all turned out great!

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  7. Welcome to the world of blogging! Your students projects are beautiful! I started blogging in Jan after seeing all the art blogs out there and have found inspiration, advice and ideas beyond my expectations! (Found you through Painted Paper)

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  8. I love your ideas. I love doing art with my little ones but I am not artistic at all. Its wonderful bloggers like you who so generously share that gives me inspiration and great ideas to take back to my classroom. I am going to try this with my class. Thanks. I am your newest follower.
    Rhonda

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  9. Hi Ginger,

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring work and the details of how you have made things. I love making art myself, but translating that projects the kids in my class can make - I find that very challenging. I feel confident to give some of your ideas a go now. Have a great day :)

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  10. I love doing printing projects with young children, particularly combining printing with other painting techniques. Your simple, printed trees here are really effective and the end results are beautiful.

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  11. Thanks so much to all! Lots more to come soon! :)

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  12. I love this project! The silhouettes are so bold against that sunset sky. I would love to try this with my own kinders but was wondering how long your class sessions are. I have them once a week for 40 minutes so I am asking for my own planning purposes. Again, brillant work!

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    1. Last year when I made these landscapes, the classes were 60 minutes. Now they are 30. I did the background in one class meeting and the printing of the white paint and trees in a second meeting. I do think 40 minutes is enough time to have each class do each part. It will be a rush if I try it this year with the 30 minutes. Have fun! This is favorite of mine!!! :)

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  13. what kind of adhesive do you use to mount the painted paper?
    thank you! we just started this project, and i can see the paper is curling from the paint. i love this project!

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  14. I just finished this with a 1st grade class today and they are gorgeous!! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!!!

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