As we have gotten deeper into Fall, I have been talking to the children a lot about colors and what they express. Our Toddler classes have completed working with the Primary Colors and they are learning how to paint by using a brush and other materials as well, including sponge brushes, scrapers and texture rings. They have been learning how to glue shapes on to paper and have been creating collages for each color that we have highlighted during these past weeks.
In the Nursery and Pre-K classes, we talked about buildings and I showed the children a picture of the Eiffel Tower, then built it out of blocks for them. We talked about how the building should be balanced or it would fall down. I started building with the bigger blocks on the bottom and then used blocks that got smaller as the building got taller. The Nursery children used paper shapes similar to the blocks and "built" an Eiffel Tower on tall pieces of paper similar to the block building.They also used the same blocks to print a tower. The Pre-K children drew a picture of the Eiffel Tower using white crayons on black paper and they drew with glue as well as adding some glitter.
Both Nursery and Pre-K looked at some pictures of Waterlilies by Claude Monet and we talked about what were the cool colors--I described them as being cool like the ocean. I wanted the children to use these cool colors to color in a piece of paper. I asked them to try to not color in the middle of the paper but to start with the corners and sides so they would have color all over their picture. To reinforce what the 3 year olds are learning in their classroom, I gave them some ovals to glue on their pictures and they also added lilies. We used both light and dark greens and talked about the difference.
The Pre-K also colored in their papers with the cool ocean colors, then painted over them with blue watercolor and added a "cloud corner" using white paint and sponges. We talked about what a reflection is and also about different things you can see through (transparent), like water, glass and plastic. I showed them the different kinds of paint we use in the Art Studio and how sometimes it's transparent (watercolor) and sometimes opaque (tempera--or as Max D called it: "Mouse Paint"). I showed them how opaque paint will cover up their name written on the paper, while they could paint over their name with watercolors and still read it.
The Kindergarten classes also talked about color. We reviewed the Primary Colors and then used them to mix the Secondary Colors. I showed them what a Color Wheel looks like and where the "cool ocean colors" were. We also discussed the "warm, sunny colors". They children used watercolors and painted one paper with warm, sunny colors and a second with cool ocean colors. On the back side of the warm colored painting, the children drew leaf shapes, then cut them out and glued them onto the cool painting so that it looked like autumn leaves floating in water. We added salt to the cool colored picture while it was wet for a mottled effect.
The afternoon Toddlers and Nursery children have been doing projects that describe different environments. Last week we made a picture of the Sky and what lives there. This past week the children mixed the primary colors together to make brown and added bunnies and worms for an "Underground" picture.
The Afternoon Pre-K children have been working on map and we have been looking at an atlas of maps and talking about what the blue parts and the green parts of a map indicate as well as where the roads are. We have been making maps of Crestwood as well!
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We have gotten off to a flying start in the Art Studio this year and the children have been busy learning and creating.
Our Toddlers have begun the year learning about the primary colors and have been painting and making collages. They have been using different materials to paint and are learning how to glue shapes onto paper. We have been reading stories and doing a lot of scribbling.
The Nursery and Pre-K children have been looking at different paintings and we have been talking about them in art class. We looked at Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and talked about making different kinds of lines: straight ones, bumpy ones, zig-zags and spirals. We used glue to make the lines and then sprinkled them with glitter, and used crayons and then painted over those pictures with watercolor. We read "The Very Lonely Firefly" and talked about things that shine in the night.
We then looked at some collages by Matisse and continued to make different kinds of lines. Only this time used scissors to draw with instead of crayons. The Pre-K children cut their own shapes and made collages. The Nursery children used shapes that were already cut for their collages, and also made an "opposite shapes" picture by coloring inside and around a leaf stencil. We talked about gluing the big shapes first and then small shapes on top of them and we also talked about using the part of the paper that we cut the shape out of.
Our Kindergarteners began the year similarly, and made a "fireworks"picture with spirals and other lines using watercolor over crayon. They also cut out shapes and put them together to create a collage. They looked at Starry Night and the Matisse cut-outs as well and we talked about those pictures in class.
The Full Day Pre-K children made a "Twilight" picture and we talked about how the sky changes color when it begins to get dark and how the trees and houses look like black shapes.
In all the classes we spent some time talking about how to clean our paintbrushes, especially when we are painting and want to use a new color. In art class the children take turns passing out materials, learn how to put their project on the shelf when they are done and how to help clean up. They all enjoy doing "free coloring" if there is time. They are developing good habits in our art studio and in their classrooms.
It know it is going to be a great year and I look forward to posting more of the children's artwork.
Please check out our Crestwood Photo site to see more of your child's beautiful artwork.
LISOC CHINESE CAMP
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Crestwood is having a camp and school Fall Fair & Open House on Saturday, Oct 17th from 11am-3pm. This event is for any new families interested in finding out more about our programs as well as returning and current school and camp families. You'll get to enjoy many favorites like bungee trampoline, jumping pillow, ferris wheel, carousel, treetop playground, adventure ropes course, sports, and crafts. Plus there will be pumpkin decorating, hayrides, face painting, a scavenger hunt, and new families can enter our raffle for a chance to win money off a summer 2016 camp tuition. Our school staff will also be there to discuss our Parent/Child, Toddler, Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten Programs. Please feel free to invite friends to this event who may be interested in joining the Crestwood family.
If you are planning on attending please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 631-692-6361.
Admission is free.
We look forward to seeing you soon!