Christmas is around the bend so I'm going to get my Doodlebugs excited for the holidays by getting their little hands busy molding their very own Rudolph decoration! They do so love molding clay :)
This is a 2 part project because the clay needs time to air dry before we can paint it.
Take a look at our cute little reindeer in progress.
Christmas is here and this year my Picassos are going to make their very own creche! We will be exploring form (an element of art that we don't get to focus a lot on due to time constraints) while we build our manger, glue guns and all... don't worry we'll be safe! We will also be making the holy family... Mary, Joseph and of course, the reason for the season, baby Jesus.
So we will share our culture and beliefs in class as we always do and discuss what Christians believe and what Christmas means before we get down to the first part of our project... forming the figures out of clay.
Now that we all know what a habitat is and have them painted and ready for their occupants, it's time to draw out the animals that are going to live in these habitats!
For this part the Picassos drew their animals on a piece of white paper and painted them in. They cut them out and stuck them into place. Of course they could choose to draw one animal or several and position across the piece.
Voila! Gorgeous animals in their habitats!
I'm so proud of these young artists because a lot of factors came into play. They had to make decisions about composition, they also had to mix colours and of course focus on perspective to make their animals look in proportion to their habitat. Congrats Picassos! Job well done :)
For the other parts of this lesson see below
Today the Doodlebugs were in outer space! We talked about symmetry and what it means and then we used our craft supplies to create alien space creatures that were the exact same on both sides... I'm sure you can imagine the chaos and the fun... lol!
Oh and of course we had to paint a background complete with a spaceship for our little girl aliens... yes these aliens are all girls. Naturally.
The Picassos jumped back into their habitat landscapes this afternoon! We're using a great mixed media technique blending paint and oil pastels and the Picassos are really soaking up the process of making this art piece :)
See the first part of this lesson here.
Today we talked about the famous artist Claude Monet and his paintings and my Doodlebugs watched this little video on the artist. Then to bring them around to our painting for the day we looked at pictures of real irises and also of Monet's Iris paintings like the ones below.
The Doodlebugs then painted their version of his Irises :)
To get the Monet-effect they held 2 oil pastels at the same time and dragged them on their side to create a blurry look and to give the impression of texture. Next they painted in stems using different shades of green and finally they added in the purple Irises and yellow middles!
Today we worked a little science into our art class! We talked about what makes a habitat a home. The Picassos were asked to choose an animal to research so this video is our jumping off point for our discussion.
Our task today is simply to choose a habitat and really focus on what it looks like and then sketch a scene from that habitat. The art concepts highlighted today are again perspective... looking at the foreground, middle ground and background of our piece. Also paying attention to scale and placement. The Picassos are also going to get to stretch their creative muscles as they come up with their compositions all on their own... no sample piece to look at today... only their understanding of what will be found in their habitat.
This lesson will take my Picassos a few sessions but it promises to be extremely fun in the best way possible! We'll all be learning as we create our beautiful pieces of art.
One of the wonderful things about watching my Doodlebugs create art is capturing the sheer joy on their little faces when they draw or paint something that they think looks like it is supposed to! That's why sometimes even the simplest subject matters are just as much of a triumph as something a bit more complex (like colour-mixing for instance).
Today the task was simply to draw and paint a cow and my Doodlebugs rose to the challenge! Take a look at them in action :)
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 :)