First Grade Jumpstarts in Artville!
First Grade Rainbow Rotation:
Because we use the
best paint in Artville, it is best to wear your not-best uniform on Art Day.
Ms. Murphy has art on Day 3, 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Ms. Bennett has art on Day 3, 1:10-2:30 p.m.
Ms. Powers has art on Day 6, 9-10:20 a.m.
Ms. Tonkin has art on Day 6, 10:30-11:50 a.m.
This Masterpiece from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, besides being beautiful, is a window into the perspective of a different culture and a different time. We travel to Peru, and back in time to try to enter the hearts and minds of the artisans who created these pieces. It can be an arduous adventure, but very rewarding.
"Intrigue" by James Ensor ties in with the CARE theme of Tolerance. Children look at the faces in the painting and try to imagine what the people are really feeling. They make character puppets, and give them an expression, and in small groups put on a puppet show with the theme of making a new friend with someone who might be different.
Chinese New Year is a great opportunity to learn about Chinese painting and practice handling a bamboo brush. We look at examples of ink paintings, making sure to notice how Chinese artists sign their name using a red tamp. Children experience the feeling of making thick and thin lines with a single stroke. We make a name stamp with clay.
These pots are meant to be candle holders for tea lights. All of the various characters and creatures started out with the basic form of the snowman. Remember, if you can put two circles together to make a snowman, you can make anything. The pots varied from the traditional pinch pot, they were formed by pressing a small jar into a ball of soft clay. Children learned how to attach clay parts together using slip, and were encouraged to add details, pattern, and texture. Glazing was another day.
We are very lucky to have a wonderful cafeteria, with great food choices for children and adults. We try to teach children about food groups, nutrition, and how to make healthy selections, which of course would include a cupcake once in awhile, especially if it's made with paper and paint. Eric Carle's "Hungry Caterpillar," with its beautiful collages of food, was the art inspiration. On the first day of the project, the art room was set up with fingerpaint in the colors of vegetables, (greens, yellows) fruits,(reds, purple, orange) grains, (white, yellow, brown) and proteins (red & green, yellow & purple, blue & orange; did you know opposite colors make meat?). It was great fun mixing the colors of broccoli, strawberries and grapes. Next time, we decorated a plate, and designed our food.
First graders learn that lines by themselves can express feelings and ideas. We describe and act out strong, vertical lines, exciting and dynamic diagonals, and lazy, peaceful horizontal lines. Children look at a painting by Vassily Kandinsky, guess what it could be about, and talk about how it makes them feel. Then I put on some music by Smetana and we all paint lines that express the feeling of the music. Next week, we invented our own colors from red, blue, yellow and white, and livened up our line design.
What are the Shapes in Artville?
Learning to look at the world around us for inspiration is an important life-skill and art-skill, as is making good use of whatever materials are at hand. We cleaned out the scrap box for the frames on these mixed media shape pictures and they are beautiful.
When asked at the end of the class if anyone would like to share what they'd learned today, a bright young artist said, "I learned that you don't always have to have a specific idea, you can just let your ideas come!" Love that.