Kindergarten Blog

Artville Welcomes Kindergarten!

 

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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  • A Big Cat Portrait     Continuing on our exploration of the animals from the continents of the world, we find jaguars just a little north of the Patagonian armadillos of South America.  Jaguars are also ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2018, 1:57 PM by Carol Grams
  • Armadillos are Mammals from South America     From Penguins in Antarctica, it is just a short hop to Patagonia on the southern tip of South America, where we find the friendly mammal, the Armadillo.  Armadillos are found ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2018, 8:21 AM by Carol Grams
  • Perfect Penguins In their classrooms, kindergarteners are beginning to learn about the world, and about maps.  They also study animals and animal groups.  Learning becomes visible in Artville when we begin to ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2018, 8:07 AM by Carol Grams
  • Red+White=Pink+Yellow= Add the hearts of the artist Jim Dine to the above equation and you get some beautiful paintings, all about love.
    Posted Jan 24, 2018, 1:35 PM by Carol Grams
  • 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
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A Big Cat Portrait

posted Mar 12, 2018, 1:55 PM by Carol Grams   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 1:57 PM ]

    
Continuing on our exploration of the animals from the continents of the world, we find jaguars just a little north of the Patagonian armadillos of South America.  Jaguars are also mammals, and they can be rather shy, peeking out from their rainforest homes.  Some of us took a jaunt to Asia and made tigers, just because stripes are wonderfully fun. 

    

Armadillos are Mammals from South America

posted Feb 22, 2018, 8:21 AM by Carol Grams

  
 
From Penguins in Antarctica, it is just a short hop to Patagonia on the southern tip of South America, where we find the friendly mammal, the Armadillo.  Armadillos are found all over the world, but we are focused on their presence in Patagonia.  The Mayan word for Armadillo translates as "turtle-rabbit," which is a wonderful way to look at them.  We especially notice all the beautiful patterns and markings on the animal, guessing that there easily could be 100 bumps and lines, coinciding with the Kindergarten 100 Day Parade.  
    We made a print, emphasizing the textures and patterns of the animal.  The magic was turning the flat image into a 3-D sculpture, and putting it together in an Armadillo Parade.


Perfect Penguins

posted Feb 20, 2018, 6:58 PM by Carol Grams   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 8:07 AM ]

In their classrooms, kindergarteners are beginning to learn about the world, and about maps.  They also study animals and
animal groups.  Learning becomes visible in Artville when we begin to put the two ideas together.  Penguins are birds that live in Antarctica, otherwise known as the South Pole.  We find the icy continent on the globe, learn that half the year is sunlight and half is mostly darkness.  The beautifully painted backgrounds of the penguins reflect the day/night environment.  

Red+White=Pink+Yellow=

posted Jan 24, 2018, 1:35 PM by Carol Grams

Add the hearts of the artist Jim Dine to the above equation and you get some beautiful paintings, all about love.



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.


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