I must admit I was a bit nervous to do this lesson with my Doodlebugs because there are so many parts that come together to make this a success.
Painting the Background
They didn't start off knowing what they were going to paint this time. I just set out blue paint with scrapers and told them to cover the paper and use the scrapers to make a pattern. Then asked them what they thought it looked like... they all guessed the ocean!
Painting the Fish
Once we knew we were painting the ocean the next logical conclusion was fish! So we brushed up on our fish facts and then started drawing one large fish on a smaller piece of paper. Next I had them put patterns on the fish (no colouring, just lines) and they finished him off using the paints.
Next we cut out strips of paper for seaweed and coral and stuck them to our now dry background. Moved back to mister fishy, cut him out and stuck him in place.
Today the children experimented with watercolours... both pan and liquid and what better subject area to move into the glorious world of watercolours than tropical fish! As you know by now, I like to introduce every topic with a little background so the children aren't just painting for painting sake. They leave knowing just a little bit more about the thing we're painting that day and I think it makes them more interested in doing a good job and a lot more attentive. Win, win!
So we brushed up on our fish facts... lol! I did some research obviously... found out some really cool things in the process and we took in this short video.
And away we went!
They drew their fishes in pencils, traced them over using black sharpies and put in things they would expect to find on the bottom of the ocean... coral, seaweed, plant life etc. and painted the fishes using pan watercolours and the ocean in a beautiful liquid turquoise blue watercolour. They painted on thick watercolour paper and experimented with the wet on wet technique for the ocean... watch out for the bubbles one child made as well. Cool watercolour resist technique!
Take a look at the finished results!
Thursday Picassos take their turn to paint our oceanscape! They came out beautifully!
All About Dinosaurs
What child doesn't love dinosaurs? Boys and girls alike seem to have a keen interest in everything about them so I knew they would be a hit across the board! I went all out here... because I have to admit I love them too :) I've shared the video so you can see what the Picassos saw before we got into our dino painting class!
This coupled with my dinosaur props (thanks to my little buddy Eli!) and they were really excited to start painting!
My Doodlebugs got in on some dinosaur action today! Who says a 5 year old can't paint a T-Rex? Anything is possible when you've got a template ;) Take a look at what these tiny-mites did.
Thursday Picassos got a chance to try their hands at the dinosaurs and this time we focused on just the T-Rex and zoomed in on his head. Take a look!
Wassily Kandinsky may have been born centuries ago on the other side of the world but he is still one of the easiest artists to appeal to little ones thanks to his masterful use of colour and geometric shapes. Adapting his use of concentric circles into art lessons for children is probably one of the most common ways of getting children into Kandinsky but that's because it works! Once again, the children took in a video of the artist's work before jumping into our project for the day :)
Take a look at our Kandinsky snails!
George Rodrigue's Blue Dog
Today my Picassos took a look at George Rodrigue's Blue Dog or Loup Garou. They looked at this video to get a feel for who this artist is and why he would paint a blue dog! I think they really enjoyed it.
Of course the jumped right in after that! They drew their dogs first with pencils then traced with oil pastels and then we used only primary colours to paint our versions of the blue dog. Take a look...
Thursday Picassos joined in on the Blue Dog action! Take a look...
Colour Wheel Mice!
I was looking for a cute fun way to introduce the colour wheel to this group of young eager doodlebugs and I came across this idea on the internet. We talked about the colour wheel... they looked at one and we talked about how all the colours in the world come from just three primary colours... Red, Yellow and Blue! I prepped this lesson into manageable parts so they simply painted in the cute little mouse shapes, we cut them out... stuck them in a circle and drew our cheese in the middle!
Take a look for yourself!
Well at long last it's the first day of art class with my Picassos and we jumped right in! I decided to start the term off with a cute lesson on the colour wheel! We looked at the colour wheel and talked about the different colours... primary, secondary and got a bit into colour schemes. Then we looked at our friend the chameleon...
You have to admit... he's a pretty cool dude. Can you think of a more fun way to demonstrate the different colours on the colour wheel than with this guy? Here's how they turned out.
My second group of Picassos loved this mixing paint exercise... I understand we have a couple aspiring scientists and chemists in the mix so it's no surprise!
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 :)