Tar Beach is a children's book written by Faith Ringold who is also an artist who creates quilts that tell stories. Tar Beach is the story of young Cassie who lives in the heart of New York and her favourite place to be is up on the rooftop of her apartment building at night where she can look at all the twinkling lights and see buildings from up high. The rooftop is covered with tar, which is why the story is called tar beach!
It tells of a child's simple wish for a better life and how dreams and fantasy can help us all to escape and to create a world that makes us feel happy and hopeful.
The Doodlebugs will create their very own Tar Beach collage. Today they created the sky and the George Washington Bridge and coloured in a picture of themselves arms and legs outstretched like they are flying over the city just like Cassie in the story.
Dr. Seuss strikes again with his fun rhymes and hilarious sentences that can always provoke a giggle! I introduced the Doodlebugs to Red Ted before we read the story and asked them to look out for him so they were all leaning in waiting for him to make his appearance in the story!
Of course they were repeating the rhyming words and then we got down to our directed drawing of Red Ted and his crazy hairdo! They also got to cut him out and stick him onto a very Seuss-styled background that we created with glitter! Whaaaat? Scissors and glitter in one class... what was I thinking? LOL
Oh my goodness! Or should I say "Oh Dios mio!" When I came across this little picture book I was over the moon! It's a Mexican twist of the classic The Little Red Hen... with all the repetition and morals of the old story, but with the added benefit of introducing some Spanish words!
I don't have to tell you that we had a blast repeating;
"Yo noooooo! I move tooooo slooow!" and "If I grow arms tonight, I'll help you manana igauna!"
Then we painted our desert background and drew and cut out Tortuga the lazy tortoise who refused to help Iguana prepare for her fiesta!
This week the Doodlebugs learned all about frogs! Bull frogs to be exact! We took a look at the life cycle of the bull frog and a lot of them could identify the stages. I love when we get to work a little science into our class and this was definitely fun for both the boys and girls to look at pictures of the different stages and learn just how BIG a bull frog can get!
Then of course we got down to drawing and painting our own fantastic frogs! Take a look at them in action :0
My little Doodlebugs are certainly not too young to get in on our Moko Jumbie action! They looked at a short clip of some Moko Jumbies in training and saw lots of tricks and we talked about the wonderful colours and costumes that these characters can sometimes be dressed in!
To portray their Moko Jumbies they created a textured background to mimic the sky and then they traced the silhouette of a Moko Jumbie! They added their own colours and decorations to complete our Carnival piece.
Salvador Dali was one of the most eccentric artistic characters of all times! Among his many many quirks...
So after chatting a little about the man and a little about his art my little Doodlebugs got down to making a portrait of Dali and his mustache!!
In our last class the Doodlebugs stamped some flowers for the beginning of our interpretation of the artist Rousseau in the Paris Botanical Gardens! This week they drew in the structure of the garden greenhouse as we talked about why this building is made of glass and steel and they also cut out some flowers to decorate their borders!
Artist Henri Rousseau painted lively jungle scenes, but he actually never traveled outside his home city of Paris, France and friends there are no tropical jungles there! So how did Rousseau come up with the scenes for his paintings? Well, he visited the Paris Botanical Gardens and embellished what he saw using his very wild imagination!
Today the Doodlebugs started creating our version of what Rousseau might have seen on one of his visits. They sponge painted some flowers and leaves today and we talked about what a greenhouse is and what it is used for as well as how it is different from the jungle!
Next week we will add the greenhouse gates and some more plants to make our Rousseau piece complete!
This adorable little book celebrates the creative process with simple but powerful descriptions and really beautiful illustrations. Marisol is at first worried that she won't be able to paint the sky because she has no blue paint, but then she discovers that the sky can be almost any colour depending on when you look up! After hearing the story the Doodlebugs really understood that the sky doesn't have to be blue and then we talked about what kinds of colours we might use to paint the sky!
Then they got down to creating their watercolour skies which turned out really quite beautiful. They also drew and coloured a picture of themselves arms outstretched and cut and stuck it onto the background to mimic the last picture in the book!
My doodlebugs are between the ages of 4 1/2 and 6 so it goes without saying that they jump at any chance they get to move and shake! We don't usually start art class with a dance but today was a class with a difference! They listened to this catchy little sing a story called The Really Silly Robot and they all got up and tried to do the wiggle, squiggle, shake, shake! It was hilarious LOL.
Then we discussed the parts we need to make a robot, namely a head, body, arms and legs. Now some of them are great with shapes and some need a little reminder but they all loved creating these crazy shape robots!They all created a dancing robot but we approached it differently according to their age. My 4 and 5 year olds traced and cut out their robot part and really worked those fine motor skills, while my 6 year olds drew their robots and we discussed the shapes they could choose from and how to position arms etc to make the robot look like it was moving and shaking lol! Check them out as they piece together their robots and learn all about shapes in the process!
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 :)