Today the Doodlebugs had some fun making a mosaic! We drew out some simple pictures on a piece of cardboard and everyone got to choose what they wanted to make :)
The drawing was easy from there and we used black pastels so they were nice and dark.
Next, they chose out the colours they needed for their design. (I have lots of these pre-painted and pre-cut chips that I reserve for projects like these). All that was left was for them to arrange the pieces on the picture and stick them down.
Voila! Gorgeous wall hangings made by my little Doodlebugs!
My Thursday afternoon Picassos were treated to the same intro to my all-time favourite artist... to see how our class went see here. If you want to get to the pictures for the day I don't blame you :) They are pretty fantastic!
Who remembers the story of Chicken Little and Henny Penny? In my day it was Chicken Licken... but this version is great too :) This has to be one of my favourites and the version I have happens to have the most gorgeous illustrations... win, win!
I read the story for the Doodlebugs today and we had lots of fun repeating the lines in the book... "The sky is falling, the sky is falling... we must run for our lives!!"
We painted a scene from the book and the children got to choose if they wanted to make Chicken Little or Henny Penny. For this project I got to pull out our painted papers that we made last week. They used templates to trace Chicken Little and Henny Penny out on these pretty papers and painted the background of grass and sky for them to be stuck on afterward.
Take a look at the process and how they turned out.
There is a poster of Van Gogh's Starry Night painting hanging on my wall in the art room and a couple of the students have been asking constantly when we were going to paint it. I thought it was time to tackle it today! But of course, we can't just jump into painting this masterpiece without a bit of knowledge on Van Gogh and how he came to paint the way he did.
This painting looms so large in the art world that it warrents a lot of discussion and the children were very interested in talking about why Van Gogh used the colours he did, why his brush strokes are so strong and how he created pattern within his art to evoke feelings, form and even temperature! Next they took a look at this animated video of the painting to set the mood for getting down to work!
It's almost the end of the term, so I decided to give the Doodlebugs a project that would get keep their creative juices flowing and let them have a bit of stress relief as well. These little 5 and 6 year olds have so much work to do at school I wanted to give them an outlet for all the rules and revision.
I pulled out the rollers and scrapers and really big brushes and told them today the only rule is to use one colour at a time and be creative!
I showed them what I meant by creating patterns with the tools in front of them and they were ready to start! We used coloured construction paper and tempera paints so the background is already one colour and they added texture and colour with the paint.
Even though our painted papers are certainly gorgeous and they can be considered art in and of themselves... they are actually going to be used in other projects like collages and Eric Carle syled art, so the Doodlebugs don't get to keep these pieces. I'm holding on to them until we need them!
Colour Theory is one of the foundation principles of art... and at Arty Pants Studio we highlight that every chance we get! Here are some of the colour-theory focused lessons we've done in the past.
Remember our Blue Dog? Well today the Picassos painted a blue frog!
This cute little rainforest frog really focused on drawing and painting skills and helped the children to use brushstrokes to emphasize direction in a painting.
First we drew in the shapes of the frog and indicated the direction of the leaf with just a few pencil lines. The children were told to focus on their brushstrokes and the dry brush teachnique so the final piece looks realistic. They also used a plastic fork to drag some marks to look like veins in the leaf.
There was no water in this class. They wiped off their brushes on newspaper to get them clean between colours and I found that this really made the colours more vivid and ironically made for a cleaner finished product!
Simple but effective.
Thursday afternoon Picassos tried this darling blue frog today... Take a look!
If you'd like to see more Tempera projects take a look at our Tempera collection.
It's about time for the Doodlebugs to do a little recap on the colour wheel but of course we have to turn it into a creative little experience. So today they drew an umbrella that we used to demonstrate the colour wheel.
After drawing the umbrella, they drew in either a raincoat dress for girls or a pair of pant legs for the boys and some rain boots. Of course they couldn't wait to start painting and mixing colours... I practically had to withhold the paint until it was painting time so they wouldn't jump ahead!
See how cute they turned out...
See more art like this in our Colour Wheel catergory!
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Collage techniques are always fun and peacocks are arguably one of the most beautiful birds in the world so put the two together and you have a magical formular for fun and whimsy :)
The Picassos got to create a colourful peacock by first making some painted paper and then drawing him out on the back in separate parts. We then cut the parts out and stuck them together on a contrasting background!
Of course adding a bit of sparkle never hurt any art project in the eyes of an 8 year old... so why not!
So the Thursday afternoon Picassos finished up their collage Peacocks... the pictures will come in slowly but surely :)
This afternoon we made some crafty little wall hangings using paper plates and popcorn!
They painted the background using tempera paints and stuck crumpled brown paper for the trunk of the tree. They even painted some dark brwon streaks on the trunk of the tree for more detail. Next we stuck popcorn on the branches to represent the poui blossoms.
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)