|I LOVE this project sooooo much! Kinder is always begging to paint the minute they walk in the door the first day of school. I love the confidence of an all knowing Kindergartner! Picasso knew what he was talking about!|
It is always a risk to paint too early with brand new kinders. If you teach kindergarten, you know what I mean! :)
I pre-draw the cat's circle head, a rainbow body and the line the cat is standing on. We practice holding our paintbrushes "straight up towards the ceiling like a rocket", (hense the name "Paintbrush Rocket"), and paint the whole cat WITHOUT paint, practicing perfect paintbrush technique. Then... I hold my breath and give them paint! We first paint the fence line, then add another line underneath, dividing the space. Then add vertical fence posts. After everyone is caught up, we outline the circle and rainbow line. Paint the head in solid... add some pointy ears... a SMALL belly... and a fuzzy tail. They are so pleased with themselves when they are done! The next week we add details with silver and black sharpie. Seriously, one of my favorites and the kinders all feel like REAL artists when they are done! And I am a proud art teacher!
Additionally, I read any Splat the Cat book to the kids, it is a great motivation for the black cat!