Showing posts with label kindergarten. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kindergarten. Show all posts

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Abstract Cartoons

I was inspired by Don Masse post on Abstract Cartoons many months ago.  I was so excited to finally try it out with a small group at the arts alliance.  What a hoot!  I had my K Art look at realistic vs abstract art in the art gallery at the Elk River Arts Alliance to start the class off.  We talked about the difference between the two styles of art.  Then I had the kids work in teams to match up the following images.



I asked the K's why they thought each of them went together.  They had not problem explaining that it was because of color, shape and line... GREAT... they brought me right into talking about the elements of art.  Then I gave them each a inspiration cartoon.  We used construction paper to cut out shapes to represent their cartoon. 


This is 'A'.  She is actually a 1st grader and has Mr. Kantor for an art teacher.  I didn't know it but they had talked about abstract art in their art class.  She really got it and was willing to move her shapes around to create a very abstract work. 


  

This is 'B'.  He is a K student and found abstract very difficult to be 'abstract'.  He wanted it to 'look' right.  I got him to 'shake it up a bit' by putting the eyes a little off from one another but that was as far as it was going to go.


What do you think?  Please take a minute to answer these questions about when to teach abstract art to students. 





Sunday, January 5, 2014

K- Art: Contact Paper Mosaics


Contact paper mosaics can be a great activity for young artist.  Cost is low, set up is minimal and it can be successful for all.


Set up looks like this.  I happened to have wall space so that is what I'm using here.  Window space is just as good!  I cut a sheet of contact paper and pulled back the paper on the lower half.  Add tape on the bottom (sticky side out).  A second tape is placed at the half way point, on TOP of the paper.  Peal back the paper half way and use tape to hold the paper back.



Artist create a design on the contact paper with little paper tiles. 


For those who got done early, I taped a space of the floor for students to work collaboratively on a mosaic.  This was all about process... Part of the process was clean up:)


The contact paper mosaics were a great second activity after the clay mosaic hearts.

 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

K-Art: Mosaic Heart





Another K Art today!  Leah Schultz, instructor at Twin Lakes Elementary, taught the class today.  The kids created a Clay, Mosaic Heart. These turn out great after being fired.  The Red clay turns more red, and the tiles really 'pop' when a layer of clear glaze is added.  Clay is always a favorite!

The kids not only got to make the art today, they got to learn about the kiln




Thursday, December 12, 2013

K-Art: Self Portraits



Another great K Art last weekend. As I will continue to mention, District ISD 728 has offered what they call 'All Day, Everyday' kindergarten.  In order to do this they cut specialist for kindergarteners.  This means that the K's get out an hour early instead of going to Art, Music, and PE.  Because of this, we (The Arts Alliance of Elk River)  felt that there was a need for Kindergarten Art curriculum.  Leah Schultz, Art Educator at Twin Lakes, and I are offering what we call, K Art.



These sweet self portraits are on of my favorite project to do with many ages, but kindergarten is at the top.  I love the honesty that K's bring to drawing themselves!  Look at the pride!!  These artworks are certainly worthy for a frame.


To see all the images from the K Art classes, check out this link.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thank you Mary WONDERFUL classes by my MINI Matisse...



I would like to thank Mary Gutknecht for coming into my daughters Kindergarten class to teach them Visual Arts for a week.  She was an artist-in-residence for Meadowvale students in the month of November.  This was 100% supported through a grant.  Students were taught how to draw 4 different kinds of animals.  I was impressed with Matisse's lion (image above).



How did we get Mary to come in to our school?

This visit was 100% funded by a CMAB grant.

Who wrote the grant?

I met Mary and was impressed.  She told me that she is working on writing grants in order to be an approved artist-in-residence through the Minnesota Arts Board.  She wrote the grant completely.  I simply found Mary, gave my request and set the opportunity for Meadowvale to host this lovely woman.

Why did you ask Mary to come in?

As I have mentioned a few times... ISD 728 is not offering Kindergarten specialist (Art, Music, and PE) this year.  The district has stated that they wanted to provide 'All day, Everyday' Kindergarten to all... This meant that they cut an hour of their education.  The K's get out an hour early and they were able to save money by cutting specialist.  I went through the seven stages of 'school district dismay' (if there were such a thing...)  I was shocked, then angry, then sad, then angry... well you get the picture.  After voicing my opinion to every person who would listen, I decided to back off a bit.  I wasn't liking the person it appeared that I was becoming.  So, I change it from anger to 'What can I do for my daughter this next year?'  One solution was to bring in artist in residence for her and her classmate.   So in a nut shell, this is why we have Mary this year and what a treat it was!

You want Mary to come to your school?  Here is her contact information.  Click Here



Sunday, November 3, 2013

K Art: Line Variation


  
District ISD 728 has offered what they call 'All Day, Everyday' kindergarten.  In order to do this they cut specialist for kindergarteners.  This means that the K's get out an hour early instead of going to Art, Music, and PE.  Because of this, we (The Arts Alliance of Elk River)  felt that there was a need for Kindergarten Art curriculum.  Leah Schultz, Art Educator at Twin Lakes, and I are offering what we call, K Art.  The first class was a REAL success!



 

For the month of November, Kindergarten students worked on Line variation.  What a fun class!  First students created 4 different lines using beads in the gallery area.


Then we moved into the classroom area where students first drew their lines, and painted them with a brush.

Then they started painting grape leaves.  Did you know that if you freeze grape leaves you can use them up to a year later for leaf prints (just found this bit of information out with this lesson).




Finally the kids were asked to use their fingers for printing their grapes on their painting.  




We ended the class reviewing lines with our bodies.  What a good fun class!  Click here to see all the pictures of our young artist!
Straight Lines

Curved Lines

Zig Zag Lines

Come join us next class when we are creating self portraits!  Hope to see even more kindergarten students in December.  

Call the Arts Alliance of Elk River to book you spot.  
609 Main St NW  Elk River, MN 55330
(763) 441-4725