Today the Doodlebugs listened to the story Do You Have a Hat? by Eileen Spinelli. This little book takes the children on an enjoyable journey exposing them to all sorts of people and places throughout history! The book mentions people from Abraham Lincoln to Francisco de Goya and distinguishes them by the types of hats they wore in a very rhythmic and fun way. Aunty Aurea and I were grinning from ear to ear with this one because they got into it so much that by the second page they were ALL answering the question "Do you have a hat?" with a loud "YES!" It was very cool :)
After listening to the story the Doodlebugs were asked what type of hat they would like to imagine themselves in today? Maybe a fireman's hat, a doctor's hat, a pirate's hat or a crown! Then they had to draw themselves wearing the hat they chose! I offered up some options and most of my Doodlebugs opted to be princesses or princes but I did get a few police officers, Mexican girls and even a cowboy!
This is a two part lesson so they focused on drawing themselves and the background today and next week we'll finish off by painting the details and then embellish the hats and stick them onto the picture :)
This exercise really allowed them to infuse their own creativity into the art piece because they had to decide what clothes would go with the hat they chose as well as where they would be while wearing it! So my Mexican girls are at a fiesta hence the strings of party lights in the background, the police officer is in full uniform and my princesses have small castles in the distance! I think they all got a lot done and I can't wait to see them finished!
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 :)