For this lesson, we discussed how colors can represent feelings. We identified colors we commonly think of that relate to certain emotions, and the students discovered that different colors can mean different things depending on the person. We referenced the movie Inside Out as an example of how colors can be used to represent emotions. We read the The Way I Feel, which is a great book that uses color to represent various feelings. I demonstrated how to use color in your artwork to represent emotion by using different colors of oil pastel and paint to create an abstract work of art. The students were then told to create a work of art that represents various emotions using color. As they worked, I asked them to identify what each color represents for them. The following class, we turned these works of art into windsocks.
The kindergarten students are currently working on drawing ocean creatures and then cutting them out and pasting them on painted backgrounds they made. We started out by reading a pop-up book about ocean creatures. Each student got a book of ocean creatures to look at for inspiration and as a visual reference. I showed them how to create a contour line drawing and then how to thoughtfully shade in their drawings. We reviewed how detail usually makes your drawings more interesting and unique. The students practiced drawing ocean creatures first before they started on their final pieces. For their final piece, they learned how to cover more area with color on their paper by rolling blue crayons on their sides for their ocean backgrounds. They then drew their ocean creatures and shaded them with colored pencils. They had to create a minimum of five ocean creatures. I will be posting pictures soon.