Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Experimenting with Color

Today the children had a chance to get messy and learn about the relationships between colors. We began our class by guessing what would happen when we mixed one primary color (red, blue or yellow) with another.

After that we put our theories to the test. We went outside and worked in the breezeway. Each child was given a piece of paper and a roller. Each child had a chance to experiment with mixing different colors. We began by mixing the primary colors together to make secondary colors. Following that the kids were given fresh paper, cleaned rollers and free reign to choose what colors they wanted to mix. It was very exciting to see what happened!

After a big clean up, we returned inside to our seats where everyone had a chance to do a quick color mixing worksheet that will be added to their sketchbooks as a reminder of what we learned today.

A fun day, and messy! We will be using these beautiful painted sheets next week to make paper quilts!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Lines, Lines, Lines!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 class of art at MMS!
First class of the year was great!

Before beginning the fun on our first day of art class, we discussed what the guidelines and expectations for behavior are in art.

1. Have Fun!
2. Listen (to teacher instruction AND classmates comments/questions)
3. Respect (for classmates/teacher, art materials and classroom space)
4. Talk Quietly (during work time)

And for our ART lesson today: we explored lines: vertical, horizontal and diagonal. After a quick warm up sheet, the children had a chance to work on original pieces.

  1.  Children began by gluing vertical lines of construction paper to their pieces. 
  2. This was followed by the addition of horizontal lines with construction paper.
  3. Some children added diagonal lines as well.
  4. Lastly children were given the options of drawing, painting, gluing (with sparkles) to add details and patterns to their pieces. 
I love doing this project at the start of the year. The pieces are large and give the kids a lot of room to explore. They also come together fast which is satisfying for everyone. Scroll through the pieces below to find your child's. Personally, I love to see how unique each piece is.

It was a great first class! Please get in touch if you have any questions!