Studying the work of Mark Rothko
Today, after the big storm, the kindergarten kids hunkered down in the sanctuary for an art class focused on the connection between colors and feelings in art.
First, the kids brainstormed on the question "what are feelings?" Answers included: happy, sad, excited, disgusted, angry, mad, joyful, curious, tired, lucky and thoughtful.
Then we watched a quick slide show on the work of Mark Rothko and talked about how some of his pieces made us feel.
After that the kids were given colored construction paper as well as pastels. They were asked fill the page with rectangles of colors and then observe how the completed work made them feel. Some children were quite inspired by the project and also worked on beginning with the feeling and trying to create it with color.
As you can see these stunning works show just how deeply your children experience emotion.