Today we did a one class project on wiggly snakes. This lesson focused on developing both large and small motor skills as well as the capacity to create and sustain patterns. We began with a few drawing paractice sheets to warm up. These included a page focused on practicing the large curve of necessary to draw a snakes body, and a second page in which we practiced recreating patterns from simple to difficult.
Once the kids got the hang of the large snake shape and the repeating patterns, we began work on the project. They drew wiggly snakes and then added patterned details aand color as they liked. Some kids chose to keep their snakes simple, emphasizing changes in color, while others created intricate patterns. These snakes are incredible. It is a real treat to watch the kids grow as artists. Every one of them is capable of practicing a new set of skills and then employing it to create a work that is uniquely their own. Not only that, but they seem excited and proud to share what is special and different about their work. This makes me so happy!