Kindergarten – Nightmares!

For this project we discussed mixing red and blue to make purple! We read the book “There’s a Nightmare in my Closet” by Mercer Meyer and used organic and geometric shapes to draw the monster. Then I demonstrated using water color paints how to mix aqua and magenta to get a nice bright purple with the water color paints. These are going back to their classroom to decorate for fun upcoming day! 🙂

Aren’t these the cutest little nightmares you’ve ever seen?!

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Kindergarten – Mondrian

Kindergarten started the year reading the book Harold & The Purple Crayon and have been talking all about lines and colors. We dove right into our first painting project a few weeks ago, which will end up being the Kids Kreations project for them! So, parents, you can be on the look out in Spring for the fundraiser packet and you’ll be able to order different products with your child’s artwork on it. Here is a link to all the artwork LBES does with KidsKreations (past and present).

Students looked at artwork by Piet Mondrian and discussed horizonal lines, vertical lines, and primary colors. They glued 4 lines on and then we painted one section with each of the primary colors. They did a great job using good glue control (THAT.IS.HARD. for kindergartners!!), brush control, and following directions! Here are their sweet little masterpieces:

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Currently they’re working on artwork influenced by Joan Miro! Stay tuned!

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K – Painted Paper Flowers

This was a project I came up with after getting lots of ideas from a myriad of other art teacher blogs. I needed some flowers and Spring in my life after all the ridiculously long cold weather, I love reading Eric Carle books, and then we threw in some sequins in the end! 🙂 Here’s what we did:

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Kindergarten Clay Pinch Pots

Oh boy. You know that phrase, “You live, you learn”? Oh yeah, I’m feeling it. I am doing way too many clay lessons. I’m juggling a kiln schedule that no art teacher wants! Next year I’m going to be smarter about spacing out the clay projects!! It’s crazy time in my room! So crazy, that I actually got a piece of clay stuck in my eye last week. I had to take a half day of sick leave to go have the doctor remove it. It huuuuuuuurt. Hopefully I won’t do that again!

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K – Pandas

This is the kindergarten project that we completed for the Kids Kreations fundraiser project. I talked about texture with the students and we looked at pictures of panda bears. We talked about where in the pictures of a panda bear were hard and soft, and decided that we could show hard and soft texture in paper through cutting and ripping. I demonstrated how to tear paper for each piece of the body. They glued it all together, and then they cut orange and green paper for the carrots and bamboo that pandas eat! We finished up the class looking at panda bears and then watching a panda bear eat on the San Diego Zoo’s Panda Cam! So cute!

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