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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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  • Nothing Says Thanksgiving Like a Kindergarten Turkey This was a finger-painting extravaganza!  We mixed red and green to make a shimmering brown, not like the brown you get from a bottle.  We learned what happens when ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2017, 12:06 PM by Carol Grams
  • Observational Drawing and Moonlight Pumpkins The kindergarten focused on observing a particular pair of pumpkins, drawing them very carefully by looking closely at the outline and surface of the pumpkin.  They noticed highlights and shadows ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2017, 2:50 PM by Carol Grams
  • Animal Masks We look at images of masks from all around the world, and imagine how and why people made and wore them.  Symmetry is introduced as a way of organizing the ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2017, 2:41 PM by Carol Grams
  • Shapes and Modern Art For this project we looked at the artwork of Ida Kohlmeyer, an artist who painted shapes on a grid.  This was great inspiration for a shape painting.                                    
    Posted Sep 25, 2017, 10:10 AM by Carol Grams
  • 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
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Nothing Says Thanksgiving Like a Kindergarten Turkey

posted Nov 15, 2017, 12:06 PM by Carol Grams

This was a finger-painting extravaganza!  We mixed red and green to make a shimmering brown, not like the brown you get from a bottle.  We learned what happens when you mix opposite colors, like red and green.  The paint sticks added pattern, detail, and extra pizzazz.  


Observational Drawing and Moonlight Pumpkins

posted Nov 8, 2017, 2:48 PM by Carol Grams   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 2:50 PM ]

The kindergarten focused on observing a particular pair of pumpkins, drawing them very carefully by looking closely at the outline and surface of the pumpkin.  They noticed highlights and shadows, and used white chalk to pick up the soft light from the moon.  Violet shows shadows and darker places.  They learned that blue is the opposite of orange, and used together, the colors create a lot of visual excitement.


Animal Masks

posted Nov 8, 2017, 2:41 PM by Carol Grams

We look at images of masks from all around the world, and imagine how and why people made and wore them.  Symmetry is introduced as a way of organizing the parts of the animal face, and color and pattern to take it from the real world to the imaginary.

Shapes and Modern Art

posted Sep 25, 2017, 8:54 AM by Carol Grams   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 10:10 AM ]

For this project we looked at the artwork of Ida Kohlmeyer, an artist who painted shapes on a grid.  This was great inspiration for a shape painting.  
                                  


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.


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