The kindergartners recently learned about pattern by looking at birds that had a wide variety of pattern on them, and by creating a bird with pattern itself. They learned about the artist and conservationist John James Audubon by looking at his drawings of birds. The students discovered that their are many different ways to draw birds by watching a demonstration and looking at different kinds of birds. They then got to work making a mixed media piece that used pastel, marker, and construction paper to create a bird and a nest. Many of the students were using oil pastel for the first time, so we discussed how they are different than crayons. The kids loved how smooth and creamy the oil pastels are. I used a finger puppet named Tweet-tweet to teach them about birds and pattern. They fell in love with Tweet-tweet and are now excited to see her eggs hatch. Take a look at some of the kids creations below.
Last week the kindergarten students learned that if you mix primary colors you can make secondary colors. We started out by reading the book Mouse Paint pictured below. The finger puppet named Squeakers read it to them. I then demonstrated how to mix primaries to create secondary colors. The students then received paint to mix their colors with. The goal was to make each secondary color. They mixed their colors and then drew mice that were glued onto their paintings after they dried. After that, the students colored circles of primary colors and the secondary colors that they create. I then quizzed them while they were lining up to see if they could remember which primary color combinations make each secondary color.