Monday, April 14, 2014

Elmer the Elephant

Kindergarten artists read the classic children's book Elmer, about the patchwork elephant who wishes he were like all of the other gray elephants in the pack. He learns to accept who he is an celebrate his differences.

Kindergarten artists worked together to paint this giant Elmer. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

Today was Red Clover Day at Fayston School!  Each teacher team chose a different Red Clover book and led an activity about that book.  Mrs. J. and I chose the Fantasic Jungles of Henri Rousseau.

We provided students with many different choices of arts media and let the go WILD making jungle animals, plants and flowers.  Our jungle mural perfectly captures the vibrancy of Henri Rousseau's work.

Here is our mural:

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kindergarten Kandinskys and Lines and Circles

Kindergarten artists looked at the painting "Squares with concentric circles" by Wassily Kadinsky, then created their own circle drawings with oil pastels and liquid watercolor paint.

In an earlier art class, Kindergarten artists explored different types of lines and created line paintings, also using oil pastel and liquid watercolor.  We tried to paint these paintings using the color wheel as our guide.

Since Spring is taking its own sweet time to arrive here, I thought our front hallway could use some bright, colorful artwork to bring in some light and cheer.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Today is National Art Advocacy Day!

Please join me in being an advocate for the arts in education! 
 Ask your child why he or she thinks the arts are an important part of the school day.  Watch the video below for some insight on why we need art in school. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mexican Folk Art: Amate Painting

As long as humans have existed, art has been an important part of social culture. Teaching children about the folk art of other cultures helps us to appreciate what people from around the world consider valuable and beautiful. It allows students to learn about new techniques and materials used in art, and displaying real examples encourages art appreciation in even the youngest students.
Mexican Amate PaintingToday we’ll look at a traditional Mexican folk art, painted on an organic medium called “amate.” Amate (pronounced “ah-MAH-tay”) is a type of paper produced from the fibers of the bark of fig trees.  Beginning in pre-Hispanic times, different indigenous groups used the amate to communicate with others. For example, the Aztecs used the amate paper to register data, or as a gift for soldiers.  In today’s Mexico, the Otomí people of Central Mexico produce this paper in a way similar to its historical origins.  However, now Nahua artisans paint intricate birds, colorful plants, and whimsical animals on the amate so that it can be used for decoration.

Examples of Amate Painting 

We also learned about the difference between stylized images and realistic images.  Stylized images show an artist's unique, creative way of drawing something, rather than an image that looks like photograph.   We looked at images of stylized birds and realistic birds.  Can you tell the difference?