Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Winter Foxes

One of our Kindergarten classes and one of our 1st grade classes had the opportunity to make these beautiful winter foxes. They learned how to create a winter landscape with snowy trees using the letter "Y" to help create the trees. They then cut out the shapes necessary to make the fox's body, head and tail. Using warm colored tissue paper squares, they glued them onto the body parts and experimented with overlapping the different colors. They glued the fox onto their winter landscapes. 

4th, 5th and 6th Grade Australian Aboriginal Dot Paintings

For this lesson, the students created paintings inspired by Australian Aboriginal folktales,known as Dreamtime stories. They explored this website,, and watched animated versions of a number of different Dreamtime stories. After writing summaries of the stories they watched, they created sketches of ideas for a painting inspired by the stories they watched/read. They chose their best idea and created a painting using a variety of dots and lines, just like the Australian Aboriginal painters. Here are some of the beautiful, creative paintings they made!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

2nd and 3rd Grade Chinese Bamboo Painting and Ming Vases

For this project, the 2nd and 3rd graders learned about 2 forms of art that are unique to China - bamboo brush painting and Ming vases. The students created paintings of bamboo stalks using bamboo brushes. It's a very unique and challenging style of painting that the students did a fantastic with. They also learned about Ming vases - the blue and white vases that have been created in China for hundreds of years. They painted their vase with designs inspired by the Chinese Ming vases we looked at in class. The students then arranged each painting on a sheet of black paper. They look amazing!

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Painted Paper Owls

The Kindergarteners and 1st graders had a fantastic time making their owls! First, they used brushes, scrapers, sponges and other tools to paint paper and with a variety of mixed colors and textures. They then cut them out into the shapes they needed to make an owl - circles, ovals and triangles. They glued them to black paper and either used more painted paper or crayons to create a background for their owl. The owls are all very creative and unique!