This gallery shows artwork the children created through November and into the beginning of December.
The Toddler classes continued working with shapes, making collages and using the different shapes to make prints. When working with collage, they learn to glue big shapes first and then smaller shapes on top of them. They used all kinds of objects to print with: sponges, blocks and plastic shapes to name a few.
Some of the works of art the children looked at this month were: "Fish Magic" and "Cat and Bird" by Paul Klee, "View of Mount Fuji" by Katshushika Hokusai, and "Joy" by Mary Miller-Doyle.
The Nursery students looked at "Fish Magic" and we read stories about the ocean and who lives there--especially in the deepest part. We talked about how dark, quiet and cool the picture felt and also about how to make a fish using an oval and a triangle. The children made a collage using those shapes and also drew fish with crayons and painted over them with watercolors. I talked to them about the "cool ocean colors" and how they are different from the "warm, sunny colors".
Both the Nursery and Pre-K students looked at a wood block print of Mount Fuji and talked about how the mountain was shaped like a triangle. The children tore paper and built a mountain with the pieces. The Pre-K students, in addition, drew a triangle first and filled it with the torn pieces of paper. Next the children used their fingers to make tissue paper into balls, squeezed and flattened them and used them to fill in the spaces of their mountain. They added torn paper clouds.
Both Nursery and Pre-K looked at the painting "Joy" and we spent some time painting fruit and creating a still-life picture. I used the story "Each Peach, Pear, Plum" as a springboard and had the children use primary colors to mix secondary colors, painting oranges, plums and pears which they cut out and reassembled. I showed the children how to paint the outer edge with a darker color and then mix in the lighter color, so that the fruit would have a darker edge and appear dimensional. After the children cut out their painted fruit, the Nursery children colored a plate and glued their fruit on top; the Pre-K children created a bowl and glued the fruit inside, creating a still-life picture.
The Pre-K children also looked at Paul Klee's "Cat and Bird". We talked about how the bird in the picture might be what the cat is thinking about and the children drew a picture of a cat's face and added something their cat was thinking about. We read some "Pete the Cat" books for inspiration. The children outlined their cats and then painted them with watercolors.
The Kindergarteners continued studying the human figure and worked on two projects which allowed them to explore the figure in greater depth. They made a 4 color print of a moving person by drawing into a styrofoam plate. They would add more drawing to the plate, and then print another color. The children learned how to use a printing brayer and how to position the printing plate in the correct spot so that their prints would be registered correctly. A second project they worked on was to draw a moving figure on fabric, and after covering the lines with wax, used liquid watercolors to dye the fabric. After the wax was ironed off, the children had created a very colorful batik painting.
The Afternoon classes worked on projects reflective of the changing of seasons. The afternoon 2's and 3's used torn paper to make a tree, and worked on leaf printing. The Afternoon 4's are reading classic fairy tales, and they made the houses of the Three Little Pigs as well as the Giant's castle from Jack in the Beanstalk.
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Happy Holidays to all!