Today we started class with a slideshow exploring the abstract work of Mark Rothko. We looked at a number of his color paintings. The kids had a chance to pick a painting and talk about what it elicited within them. Sometimes the images reminded us of things, places or people from our lives, but more often we noted that they gave us a particular feeling.
With the idea of connecting colors and feelings, we did some small works on paper. We began with by brainstorming a list of emotions. Then we picked four emotions that we wanted to work with (happy, excited, sad and "wild and crazy") and began work.
First the kids chose the paper color (blue, green, red or purple) that they felt matched best with the emotion. Then they used soft pastels to color their papers using (mostly) rectangles. Beautiful, exciting work!
We also finished the surprises for Donuts for Dad this morning!