Tuesday, July 3, 2012
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!
This project was inspired from a post on Pinterest originating with Giggles Galore, (firstname.lastname@example.org). She called these Tattle Monsters. My 1st Graders loved transforming tissue boxes into these wide mouthed Monsters. This lesson was taught by my student teacher, who pre-painted all the boxes with acrylic.
The first week, students cut zigzag teeth and printed spots with tempera paint and various sponges.
This project was inspired by artist Danny Phillips. I discovered Danny on Etsy.com. He has a shop full of inspiring beach scenes that remind me of my childhood. His mixed media collages are unique and make me so happy! In fact, I purchased a Rainbow Lighthouse for my husband as a wedding gift. When it arrived, I was even more impressed! It is stunning!