The last few weeks in December were fun and productive in Crestwood's Art Studio.
The Toddlers used paint and collage to explore shapes, and made gingerbread boys and star prints to complement the season. They continue to scribble in all our art classes and experiment with different kinds of crayons and drawing materials.
The Nursery and Pre-K children as well as the Kindergarten did a lot of easel painting this past month and really seemed to enjoy the freedom of expression it afforded.
Two paintings we looked at were "Christina's World", by Andrew Wyeth, and "The Red Room" by Henri Matisse. When we looked at "Christina's World" we talked about how things look small when they are far away and seem to grow larger as they come closer. The Nursery children used collage and block printing in this lesson and the Pre K children drew with colored pencils and painted.
When we looked at "The Red Room" we talked about how the picture was of the inside, we noticed all the things in the room (We read Goodnight Moon). Both the Nursery and Pre-K children made collages and paintings in response to this painting. While painting, the children worked with a limited palette and learned what kinds of possibilities that could bring.
The Kindergarteners worked with patterns in their "pile of presents" project, making each present a different stripe or checkerboard. We also talked about balance while they created their compositions--placing the larger presents on the bottom and smaller ones on top. The Kindergarten children also painted on the easels and we discussed landscape painting and what a background is. We looked outside at the trees and then the children painted, using a lot of white and then blending in some colors to make it look like a winter sky. During the second art class that week the children painted trees--using the letter "y" as a reference, to finish their landscape paintings.
The afternoon Pre K classes finished their unit on Fairy Tales with a Jack in the Beanstalk Castle collage picture, and all the classes made a Gingerbread House picture they decorated with candy drawings and painted snow.
All the children had some fun with play-dough (the home-made kind), and we made different colored play dough and mixed it together to make new colors.
It was a great way to finish 2014!
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