Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Paper Weaving -- Colorful Chessboards

For the past few weeks we have been working on (secret!) Mother's Day projects. Moms, you'll get to see this beautiful work and take it home after your Mother's Day Tea!

Today we did a weaving project. We began by reviewing the colors and deciding whether they were warm or cool. Red, orange, yellow and pink are warm. Blue, green and white are cool. Purple and mint are "in between" and can be cool or warm.

Then the kids chose their base paper color, either black or white. These piece of black or white construction paper were precut to allow for the weaving. Then the kids chose their colors and wove the paper up and down through the black strips. It seems like a simple project but coordinating whether you are weaving up or down with each strip turns out to be surprisingly difficult. It was interesting to see that so many of the kids were inspired to create color patterns. Others were inspired by adding as many colors as they could fit. Great work today kids!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Watercolor Owls

Drawing and painting were on the table today. The kids followed along with a lesson learning to draw owls. After we got the basics of shape and features down, the kids were free to add the details that they wanted to their owls. Then they traced the owls with permanent markers. 

Then came the fun part. We got out the watercolors.

In terms of learning, the kids had the benefit of a "draw along" lesson, but the real purpose of this project was to give the kids an opportunity for some free color mixing experimentation. The only instruction I gave the kids during the painting portion of class was that they were absolutely free to use the lids of their watercolor set as a place to mix their own colors. 

It was exciting. I got the feeling that there were a few kids who had been waiting their whole lives to hear the words "mix your own colors". Take a look below! Enjoy these beautiful owls and appreciate the patience and attention that your children gave to their art work.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cherry Blossoms

This week we completed a fun spring-y project.

Last week, after finishing up our sunsets, the kids prepped a background for their cherry tree paintings. This just meant using our largest paintbrushes to paint a big white piece of paper a pretty light blue.

This week, with the light blue papers dry, we were ready to add our cherry trees. We began by using squares of cardboard as tools for printing. The kids dipped the edge of their cardboard into brown paint then pressed those edges onto the paper to create the trunk of a tree. This was followed by carefully printing the branches on.

Last (but not least), the kids used empty thread spools to add bright pink cherry blossoms to their trees.

These trees have so much personality! Hope you enjoyed them!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sunset Landscapes

Today we worked on drawing, tracing and painting skills!

We began by working together on a landscape sketch. Beginning in the foreground (at the bottom of the page), we added large overlapping flowers. Behind flowers these we added rolling hills. Then finally we added a large sun with rays in the far background. The kids were then encouraged to add their own unique patterns and designs to each of the sections.

After completing their drawings, the kids used permanent markers to carefully trace their drawings. Then they added color using watercolors!

The kids were encouraged to paint slowly and carefully and to add color with care. Many of the kids used the tops of their watercolor sets as a place to mix their own colors. Very exciting!

Hope you enjoyed these! Next week we will be celebrating spring by making our own cherry blossom trees!