This was kindergarten's first project of the school year. I didn't post it at the time, so I thought I would post it now. We read a book about line. We looked at various types of line and the students were asked to draw as many different types of line as possible. They learned about the artist Kandinsky and how he claimed that he could see music in the form of shapes, lines, and colors. The students then listened to music while they created a crayon resist with different types of shape, line, and color inspired by music.
For this project, our kinders learned about the artist Georgia O'Keefe. We looked at many different images of her paintings and looked at pictures of different types of flowers. The students then created their own flowers using a variety of materials such as tissue paper, construction paper, and crayons. Some students created flowers close up like Georgia O'Keefe while others created multiple flowers from far away. We have been doing a lot of cutting with scissors this trimester to assist the kinders in developing their fine motor control.
The following pictures are the finished clay pinch pots and texture hand slabs that kindergarten painted today.
We started this lesson out by reading the book titled Henri's Scissors, which is about the artist Henri Matisse and his paintings and paper collages. The students learned the difference between geometric and organic shapes by looking at images and identifying the difference between them. I then did a demonstration on how to draw shapes to use as a guide to cut out and use in order to create various elements in a landscape. I also showed the students how to use a circle stencil. The students were then asked to create a landscape scene by using both geometric and organic shapes.
The kindergarteners recently completed a lesson on texture by learning the difference between visual texture and actual texture. They felt and described the texture of things around the room and we came up with a variety of words to describe how something feels. Afterwards, we traced their hands on a slab of clay and cut them out. The students were then asked to create actual texture on their clay hands. For the second part of the lesson on another day, we read the book titled Where the Wild Things Are and they were asked to point out and describe the visual texture on the monsters on each page. They were then asked to design their own monster using visual texture to show how the different parts of the monster feels. They were asked to come up with a name and purpose for their monster too.
The kindergartners just created their first project out of clay. I started the lesson by asking the students if they knew where clay comes from and a few knew that it comes from the ground. I explained a little bit more about how clay used to be a hard rock, and when water and acid break down a specific type of rock that it becomes clay. Next we discussed what a kiln is and how we can make things out of clay and fire it in a kiln to make it hard. I then showed them how to make a pinch pot and they understood that it is called a pinch pot because you use a pinching motion to create it. It was then their turn to create a pinch pot. They all created their pots and they will be painting them with tempera paint after they have been fired. We will talk about ceramic glaze this year, but they will not be introduced to the glazing process until 1st grade. Their pots need to become what we call bone dry before we can fire them. The clay must be dry and hard before a firing or else the moisture makes it more prone to blow up in the kiln. My kiln is not currently hooked up yet, but it should be soon! I will post pictures of their creations after they have been fired and painted.