For Republic Day this year my Doodlebugs are creating a piece that we're calling Every Creed and Race. It shows our multi-ethnic nation working together under one flag! This was so fun to create and packed with skills like using shapes to create a whole picture as well as hand-eye coordination in following the directed line drawing aspect. Not to mention we put the ART in Smart yet again by focusing on our Social Studies tie in! I’m proud to report that most of my littles could identify the phrase “every creed and race” as a line from our anthem... needless to say it also prompted them to burst into song! 😆🇹🇹
Cezanne is called the Father of Cubism and the Warhols got to really focus on what that means in creating this piece. They looked at how Cezanne famously reduced the subjects of his paintings into geometrical shapes like cubes, cylinders and cones. The were also asked to observe his brushstrokes and mimic his choppy style.
Cezanne of course never painted coconuts because they were not native to his home country, France. His works are full of apples, oranges and other fruit. But local artist Che Lovelace created a piece in Cezanne's style and I thought it would be nice to show them both side by side and have them try their hands at this master's style but with our own local flair!
They focused on drawing this week, next they will add colour and texture to complete their Cézanne/Lovelace inspired coconuts.
My Doodlebugs started off the term listening to Not a Box by Antoinette Portis! From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows and I thought... what a perfect way to set the tone for the term! To send the message that we must all dig into our imagination and let ourselves dream!
They followed a directed line drawing of the simple rabbit illustration from the book and then we talked about what they wanted to turn their boxes into. They got to see how they could transform their 'box' into a number of different things just by adding more lines and shapes!
Hooray for expanding imaginations and stretching the creativity of our kids!
For our first Picasso class I decided to do a fun little piece depicting a circus tent! After all who hasn't been to see the Suarez Brother's over the vacation?? Yup... I think they stayed long enough to ensure every single Trinidadian child made it to the circus! LOL
This piece was meant to serve as a kind of warm up for my newbie Picassos as well as a relaxing welcome back to my oldies! A nice, fun and easy piece that still delivers a gorgeous end product!
They had to create the tent curtains and also draw who was onstage so that when the curtains were pulled back you would see inside! Loads of fun and we got their creative juices flowing, while having a nice time chatting about our vacation.
So I wouldn't normally make Republic Day about the specific president. In the past I've focused on our national symbols but I figured this President is special! She's our first female president so I think a portrait is in order!
This term we're also focusing on the work of French artist Paul Cezanne so my Picassos and Warhols are going to be applying Cezanne's style in this piece. Two of his pieces are shown below.
They used a limited colour palette (in our case we chose red, white and black... I'm sure you can guess why) just like Cezanne and focused on making tints and shades and studying how light affects the appearance of colour.
Homework for Warhols:
We can all feel it getting hotter every year so it’s not just the ice caps that are melting! This book gets into a bit of the science of why climate change is real and what we can do about it! This book was probably the most engaging of all we did this week. It prompted a lively discussion among all the campers from my tiniest to the oldest! Everyone had something to contribute... from "Miss, yes my mummy always says I should turn off the TV if I'm not watching it!" to "Hmmm... MISS! If the ice caps are melting it could really cause floods in Trinidad?!?!? Well, we are all connected... so we might not see it immediately but yes. I had them vow to make one small change when they go home, so parents you can remind them I said that... and we'll see how it goes!
My little ones painted a pair of penguins set against a snowy background and my older campers had a blast painting polar bears wandering on a sunset evening.
This gorgeously illustrated book not only talks about the tiger and how magnificent it is but it also mentions maaaany other animals that we have never seen because they are already extinct and some that are on their way out of existence!
It really drives the message home that unless we do something we are going to lose some of this earth’s most incredible creatures!
My older campers started a batik tiger print on a brown cotton tote bag.. which they were totally excited about! Tomorrow we will paint and then they have to be washed before they can be sent home and unfortunately I didn't take a single pic of those... it was just one of those days... but you'll see them soon enough!
My younger set made a tiger painting focusing on the face. They were really proud of this and so was I because any time you can get a young child to draw something from a series of steps and have it look like the animal they were aiming for well... success! LOL and I think they were all successful! 😍🐯
Today we brought the topic of endangered species close to home and my younger campers listened to the story Hatch by local author and illustrator Jeuanne Atkin.
My older campers got to dig deep into where these turtles come from, why they are so special and what we can do to help them thrive with the help of a little documentary!
Everyone then created a mixed media piece of our special turtles finding their way to the big wide ocean, I think one kiddo chose to make her turtle heading towards the beach instead... so about to lay her eggs! Totally adorable and oh so impactful!
All my campers listened to the story of The Lorax today and of course some of them had seen the movie. What can I say? Dr. Suess strikes again! The Lorax who “speaks for the trees” had them all in a trance with his rhymes and made up words. 😁
My little campers made a Truffela forest collage out of felt and my older kids did a slightly more complex version... drawing in a few of the characters from the story!
Listen to the Wind is a children’s adaptation of the novel Three Cups of Tea which I’ve read so coming across this was like magic! It’s the real life tale of Greg Mortenson who ventured to climb the Himalayan mountains and got lost and hurt. The was helped by the villagers of Korphe whom he vowed to repay by building them a school.
The children’s version is told in the voice of the village kids and it is just beautiful! BUT this book is also equally incredibly gorgeous to look at! The pages are all 3D so it is very tactile and it was the perfect inspiration for our mixed media piece! 💖
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 :)