Tag Archives | Kindergarten

Blossoming “Popcorn Trees”

Spring has sprung, and to cel­e­brate, our Kinders painted trees blos­som­ing with flow­ers made of pop­corn!  This les­son rein­forces the color mix­ing skills we’ve been work­ing on all year, as well as teaches a basic tech­nique for drawing/painting trees.  Adding pop­corn also gives the oppor­tu­nity to talk about the con­cept of “mixed media”.  And who […]

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Oil Pastel Fish — Kindergarten Style!

  Oil pas­tels, with their rich col­ors and expres­sive line qual­ity, are one of my favorite medi­ums to use with kids. And the key to get­ting the best results with any oil pas­tel les­son is LAYERING! Mate­ri­als: 12x18 black con­struc­tion paper Oil pas­tels (We use the Pen­tel 16 color set.) Direc­tions: 1. Set aside your black oil pastel… […]

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Calder-Inspired “Stabile” Sculptures

Alexan­der Calder, Amer­i­can sculp­tor and inven­tor of the mobile, also invented the “sta­bile”, a free­stand­ing sculp­ture with sim­i­lar qual­i­ties to the mobile. Since his sta­bile sculp­tures are quite large, many are installed out­doors.… so we “planted” our sta­biles in florist foam com­plete with grow­ing grass to get the full effect! Mate­ri­als: 4 Pipe clean­ers in […]

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Easy Mondrian

Dutch painter, Piet Mon­drian (1872–1944), was one of the most impor­tant artists of the 20th cen­tury. His abstract designs had a huge influ­ence on the graphic design, archi­tec­ture, and inte­rior design of his day. He was best known for his styl­ized, geo­met­ric designs of black and white grids filled with bright, pri­mary col­ors. Stu­dents are […]

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Cityscapes with Tints and Shades

Our Kinders are becom­ing experts at color mix­ing! This time we added white to make tints and black to make shades as we cre­ated these sweet “candy-colored” cities! Mate­ri­als:9x12 white heavy­weight con­struc­tion paperpen­cilTem­pera paint — red, yel­low, turquoise, white and black­Pa­per plates for palettes­brushes and water Vocab­u­lary:Tint — any color plus white­Shade — any color plus black […]

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Happy 100th Day of School!

Last week our adorable Kinders cel­e­brated the “100th Day of School”. One of their many fun activ­i­ties was to draw self-portraits of them­selves today and in 100 years! As you can see, the results were charm­ing!! Even if your 100th Day of School has already passed, this is a fun project to do any­time! 1. […]

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Snowflake Crayon Resist

This fun les­son was inspired by a project I saw on Art Projects for Kids… “Water­color Resist Snowflakes”. I changed it up just a lit­tle for my Kinder­garten classes and they had a blast doing this! First we talked a bit about snowflakes and then I showed them some amaz­ing pho­tographs of real snowflakes (taken with […]

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