Poseidon is most well known for being the Greek god of the sea. His weapon and main symbol was the trident, a three pronged spear. Poseidon is the brother of Zeus, the sky god and the chief greek god, and Hades, the god of the underworld.
As the sea god, Poseidon is the protector of sea travelers. He made calm seas and would create islands for lost travelers who pleased him. When he was offended or ignored, Poseidon caused shipwrecks and earthquakes.
FUN FACT: Poseidon also has a close connection to horses. Some call him the tamer of horses and others call him the father of horses. To help with safe travels over seas people would often give Poseidon a horse to please him.
We’ll finish our interpretation of Poseidon next week...
In recognition of Republic Day this year my little Doodlebugs reviewed all our national emblems but we focused on the ever captivating Scarlet Ibis! They drew and painted this gorgeous bird against the backdrop of a sunset swampy scene!
ABOUT CAVE OF THE HANDS
Located in Santa Cruz, Argentina, Cave of the Hands is known for the hundreds of red, white, purple, yellow and brown hands stenciled on the walls. It’s believed that the hand art dates back to around 5,000 B.C. The prehistoric people used mineral pigments to make their prints on the cave walls.
A few years ago I visited the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in DC and got to see a replica of a cave painting upclose! Today the kiddos and I had loads of fun creating our own handprints and imagining what it would’ve been like to live loooooooong ago, using mineral pigments to print our hands on the walls of our cave homes!
With their long tusks and shaggy fur, woolly mammoths were unique animals that lived during Prehistoric times. With the popularity of the movie Ice Age, I was inspired to use a woolly mammoth for this lesson on texture, line and space.
ABOUT WOOLLY MAMMOTHS
The woolly mammoth is an extinct species of the elephant. They were about the same size as the modern African elephant. Woolly mammoths were covered in fur so they were prepared for cold, especially during the last ice age. Their long tusks were useful for fighting and foraging.
Woolly mammoths lived at the same time as early humans. It is theorized that they became extinct because of habitat and climate changes and being hunted by people.
Fun fact: A newborn woolly mammoth calf weighs about 200 pounds!
For our last class of the term I wanted to do something really simple and enjoyable but I still wanted to make sure it was packed with some good art-theory!
I decided that some good old Impressionist techniques would do the trick... but I really focused on creating tints here.
Each child was given a pallet pallet with a few colours and white of course and we experimented with how adding different amounts of white changed the intensity of the colours! So they learned that the more white they added the lighter the colour became!
This was so much fun and the plus side of course with all our art projects is they get a gorgeous piece of art to show off at home 😍
Mister Seahorse is a warm and charming story about a Daddy Seahorse who looks after Mrs's Seahorses eggs until they are ready to hatch and then gives birth to them! As he drifts through the sea, he meets all sorts of other male fish who also look after their young until they hatch. This is a wonderfully positive tale for fathers everywhere.
I quite LOVED the odd fish father's role subject of the book. It's so cool to teach kids things they wouldn't normally be exposed to in such a surprising and not obviously educational way. It makes it such a pleasure to learn then learning becomes natural!! WE NEED MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS! Totally recommend for home libraries!!
I didn’t even have to draw a parallel to how our daddies help mummy take care of us... they volunteered that all on their own!
Anyway, for our art we drew our Seahorse on painted paper and cut him out. The children created Watercolour backgrounds in the style of Eric Carle so they used light wavy lines to mimic the ocean currents. They stuck Mr. Seahorse down and decorated him as well.
Happt Father’s Day!
The Doodlebugs painted the Fatel Razack to commemorate Indian Arrival Day. We talked about how many different types of people make up our beautiful rainbow nation... and why and how we all came to live in Trinidad.
They looked at pictures of the real Fatel Razack and then we got down to painting the ocean, sky and the boat on top!
They are painting this ship from a different perspective though... that means we are looking at it from a different point! Take a look at our process and our paintings :)
My Doodlebugs created some sweet little cards this year and although they look simple your darlings had to work really hard to make them! Basket weaving is hard y’all!!
Take a look as they find their rythmn and a very special Happy Mother’s Day to you all!
This precious lesson focuses on a basic line drawing, painting and creating the illusion of space while telling the encouraging story of Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli. The moral of this children’s book is a positive and uplifting one for young children: winning isn’t everything!
They will finish putting all the pieces together and painting the background in an upcoming class!
Our Number 1 Sam pieces are all done and they are as adorable as ever... even if Sam mostly looks like a mouse! 😆🤷🏻♀️
What child isn’t fascinated by machinery and things that move? This term my little artists are going to spend some time examining how these things are made up and how we can use shapes and lines to draw them!
Today’s challenge? A tractor of course! We used our circle tracers to get us started but all my kiddos drew these just by following along step by step from the whiteboard 😊
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 :)