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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Today was our 100th Day of School, so to help our 2nd graders celebrate, I decided to challenge them to mix 100 different colors! I used the Apple program “Pages” to make a grid for them to paint over, consisting of 10 rows of 10 very light gray squares with a little white space in […]
I was so happy with the results that my Kinders had with our Cezanne-inspired still life paintings, that I wanted to take it a step further with my 1st grade classes.… As I showed my 1st graders some of Cezanne’s still life paintings, we noticed that you could often see a dark edge around many […]
Today my Kinders learned about Impressionist artist Paul Cezanne, and painted a still life inspired by him. This lesson was so successful on so many levels! First, we talked about how Cezanne’s father didn’t encourage him in his art (he wanted him to be a banker or a lawyer), but he had a friend […]
I love this color mixing lesson inspired by Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky! Kandinsky was an accomplished musician as well as an artist, so it’s fun to play music while the students are working. You can do variations of this lesson for just about any grade level. Here is what I do for Kindergarten and 1st […]
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 […]
This is a favorite lesson I do with Kindergarten every fall. They love the surprise of opening their papers to reveal colorful designs and the fun of using their imaginations to “discover” unique creatures! I do this lesson in two parts, to give the paint time to dry before adding details with marker. 1. Fold […]
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