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The Rainbow Rotation…

 

The colors of the rainbow go with the six day rotation, so calendars in Artville are very colorful:

Ms. Marshall and Ms. Nicpon have art on Day 3, Yellow Day, 2:15-3:00 p.m.

Ms. Wegner and Ms. Kuusisto have art on Green Day 4, 10-10:45 a.m.

Ms. Savage and Ms. Gerhardt have art on Blue Day 5, 9:30-10:15 a.m.

Anything can happen in Artville, so it is best to send your young artist to school on art day in their not-best clothes!

 

 

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  • Owls Find a Home We looked at the book "Over and Under the Snow" by Kate Messner.  When we came to the owl page, we stopped and looked at lots of owls, noticing shapes ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2017, 2:31 PM by Carol Grams
  • Hearts and Tints Making new colors happen right before your eyes is a magical process, and the tinting power of white is especially dramatic.  Painting hearts and only, or mostly hearts, releases the ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2017, 2:21 PM by Carol Grams
  • Northern Lights This small, mixed media painting on muslin is a celebration of the beauty of winter. Children find a way to bring out the magic of the season in expressive drawings ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 7:53 AM by Carol Grams
  • Turkey Blobs Watercolor is a notoriously challenging medium, but these Kindergarteners tackled it fearlessly and did beautifully.  In art I often tell the students if they can put two shapes together to ...
    Posted Nov 28, 2016, 9:18 AM by Carol Grams
  • Looking at Pumpkins This is a great way to begin observational drawing.  We imagine that our drawing crayon is a doodlebug, crawling along the edge of the pumpkin.  I encourage kindergarten artists to ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2016, 12:47 PM by Carol Grams
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Owls Find a Home

posted Feb 10, 2017, 2:31 PM by Carol Grams

We looked at the book "Over and Under the Snow" by Kate Messner.  When we came to the owl page, we stopped and looked at lots of owls, noticing shapes and textures.  Many drawing projects start with circles.  For this three dimensional project, the circle became a form, a sphere, and that turned into an owl.  Owls are often hard to spot in the wild because they are camouflaged, and some of our owls are well hidden too.

Hearts and Tints

posted Feb 10, 2017, 2:21 PM by Carol Grams

Making new colors happen right before your eyes is a magical process, and the tinting power of white is especially dramatic.  Painting hearts and only, or mostly hearts, releases the worry from what to paint, and allows full concentration on the excitement of color.


Northern Lights

posted Dec 8, 2016, 7:53 AM by Carol Grams

This small, mixed media painting on muslin is a celebration of the beauty of winter. Children find a way to bring out the magic of the season in expressive drawings and beautiful color.



Turkey Blobs

posted Nov 28, 2016, 9:18 AM by Carol Grams

Watercolor is a notoriously challenging medium, but these Kindergarteners tackled it fearlessly and did beautifully.  In art I often tell the students if they can put two shapes together to make a snowman, they can make anything; a spider, a bat, a frog, a person. For these turkeys, I showed them how to push the paint around to make a sort of turkey-shaped blob.  Less intimidating than drawing an actual turkey, and an approach to shape different than outlining.  The painted background boards took us back to pure color play, and experimenting with pattern and design.

Looking at Pumpkins

posted Oct 17, 2016, 12:47 PM by Carol Grams


This is a great way to begin observational drawing.  We imagine that our drawing crayon is a doodlebug, crawling along the edge of the pumpkin.  I encourage kindergarten artists to really look at the pumpkin, and draw it the way a bug would feel the line.  It isn't a perfect circle, and there are a few ins and outs to consider.  
Then comes the fun of making our own oranges, from a palette of mustard and ketchup (red and yellow of course).  The pumpkins pictured above are from Ms. Savage's class and are hanging in the hallway around the corner from Artville.

A Doodle Becomes a Shape

posted Oct 10, 2016, 6:22 AM by Carol Grams   [ updated Oct 17, 2016, 11:02 AM ]

My hope is that talking about a drawing as a doodle will encourage children to keep a free spirit of play in their artwork.  One of my favorite artists, Paul Klee, was a great admirer of children's art. He said that "all pictorial form begins with a point that sets itself in motion," and that is the same feeling I get from children's art.  
We looked at and named the shapes in "Red Balloon," and then children tried it themselves.  Turning their lines into all sorts of shapes, and then painting; a simple process with beautiful results.


Doodlebugs

posted Sep 16, 2016, 8:47 AM by Carol Grams

This year we started Kindergarten Art with doodling.  We learned that a doodle is a scribble that is slowed way down.  A thoughtful scribble can turn into shapes, patterns, designs, or even real things.  This playful way of talking about drawing is happening this year in every class in Artville.  I am hoping that  encouraging children to doodle-draw will open new doors to creativity and expression.  We read the book, "Daddy is a Doodlebug," by Bruce Degen, and naturally, we had to make Doodlebugs.

"The Heart is Made that Way"

posted Feb 4, 2015, 2:14 PM by Carol Grams   [ updated Feb 5, 2015, 7:16 AM ]

I like to play the song by Lucy Kaplansky, "The Heart," when we do this project.  It is an upbeat song and an upbeat painting activity.  Mixing red with white to make the tint called pink is exciting enough, and then we add yellow!  One of Jim Dine's heart paintings is the inspiration for this project, and we discuss how his painting is different from a regular, store-bought valentine.  Limiting the subject to one shape frees children to focus on color, and they really enjoy the process.
  Blue hearts are beautiful too!



Lots and Lots of Penguins!

posted Jan 23, 2015, 9:07 AM by Carol Grams

 
 Art can help children see connections between subjects, and link ideas in a creative way.  These creative connections are often the most vivid and memorable, and contribute to the learning process of the whole child.  In kindergarten, children are learning about animal groups and continents, and this provides great subject matter in art, where we are working on using shapes and colors to make things.  
    This project explores the use of color to set a mood of day or night, and we learn that days and nights in Antarctica are very long.  Simple shapes make the penguin, and any drawing level is successful.  

The Great Pumpkin Rises Again

posted Oct 13, 2014, 7:45 PM by Carol Grams   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 3:48 PM ]

This project ties in with the kindergarten classroom study of nature.  The science curriculum teaches children to be good observers of nature, and that is exactly what we do when we draw and paint these pumpkins.  We look very closely at the shape and outline of the pumpkins.  These young artists mix all kinds of orange to paint their drawings, and when we're done, we look at highlights and shadows to give the effect of a moonlit pumpkin patch.
Parent volunteers are very much appreciated to help with cutting, gluing, and giving extra encouragement and appreciation for all the hard work. 
The pumpkin paintings are on display in the hallways near the kindergarten classrooms, and will go home after Halloween, so keep an eye out for them!


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