Monet Inspired Water Lilies
Today the Doodlebugs got introduced to the artist Claude Monet. We took a look at this cute little story about Monet's garden and then we looked at 2 pictures for a little compare and contrast fun!
I asked the Doodlebugs what they noticed about these 2 paintings and guided them along to discover that one painting was clear while the other was all blurry. A very basic first step towards appreciating art periods but they were keen to shout out the things they saw and what they liked!
Then we went about trying to recreate the blurry effect in our own little Monet-inspired painting! Take a look at our stunning watercolour creations!
Boissiere House - Part 2
Last week the Picassos drew Boissiere House (see them in action here). So this week of course they are going to trace their beautiful drawings using Black Sharpie and paint them in using watercolours.
This was a challenging drawing but I have to say all my Picassos did a stellar job! These paintings are definitely frame-worthy parents!
Thursday Picassos take their turn at painting their Boissierre House drawings! More gorgeous paintings waiting for a frame!
Paul Klee Cat and Bird
Paul Klee's art might appear to be simple but there are some pretty high-level ideas underlying them. Of course, this little video is quite enough for my little Doodlebugs' introduction and then we got right into the shapes and colours of the little painting Cat and Bird :)
Boissiere House - Part 1
Boissiere House is a gorgoeus part of our Trinidadian architectural history. This painted lady as she is fondly called got lots of attention in class today. The Picassos were a little taken aback when they saw the detail involved but everyone just loved the overall look of the old house.
Of course we talked a little about it's history as well as a bit of it's present. Preservation works done on the property recently earned the Sammy family a historic restoration award! Thanks Sammy family :)
Then we got down to drawing this beauty. We started off with the roof lines and the put in major walls. Once these were in they got down to drawing in the basic shapes, putting in details in windows, doors and bushes. Of course this took up our class time so they'll be painted next week!
Thursday afternoon Picassos got started drawing Boissiere House today!
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
Since it's Father's Day this weekend I thought this sweet little story would be a nice way to remind the Doodlebugs that their daddies would do just about anything for them! It's also a really fun project that is achievable even for little hands :)
For our art we recreated a scene from the book with the night sky and the very, very long ladder reaching to the moon as a symbol of daddy's love.
Happy Father's Day!
Painting Our Mexican Clay Pots
This afternoon my Picassos finished our Mexican Clay Pots by painting them in to match their original designs :) This project spanned three weeks but I think they were equally stimulated by each phase. From drawing and painting the original designs to sculpting them out of clay and finally painting them in this afternoon.
Some lucky daddies are going to be presented with them on Sunday!
Happy Fathers Day in advance!
See the phases here
Clay Mexican Cacti
Thursday afternoon Picassos paint their cacti for Daddy :)
Thursday Picassos get to turn their paintings into a 3D design :) Take a look at the original post here.
I love bringing games into the art room with this age group! These Doodlebugs are so much fun naturally so you can imagine the excitement level when I bring out some dice and tell them we're going to play a game!
I found this game online and there are all different versions. This one is Roll-a-Crazy-Critter! They each got a sheet with critter body parts and there are 6 different options each with an assigned number. So the child rolls the dice and circles the body part to match the number they rolled. I had them practice their critters on the white boards first, then they drew them out on paper and painted in 'crazy' colours to match :)
This game brings lots of skills into play. We touched on numbers and counting, matching and of course coordination and fine motor skills in the drawing and painting of the critters :) Oh and of course it's just plain fun!
I Can Draw a Lion
Continuing on the quest to build the drawing skills of my little ones we focused on the head of a lion today.. and I'll admit I'm a little obsessed with these animals now that the Picassos are doing their habitats! But of course, before we could get down to drawing we took in some lion facts... this is Smarty Pants + Art Class after all!
Then they followed along as I gave a directed line drawing if this great King of Cats :) Take a look at them in action.
Clay Mexican Cacti
Father's Day is around the corner so the Picassos got busy making something extra special today. They started turning their gorgeous designs into 3D using molding clay. Needless to say this class was loads of fun!
The first step is making the pinch pots. These were easy enough... we just pulled off sections of dough and molded pots a little bigger than a deya.
Next, they made the cacti. They took great pains to stick to their original designs... bless their little hearts :) Lots of detail done with toothpicks and going back and forth from the painting to the clay.
Next week we'll paint them but for now take a look!
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 :)