In Kindergarden the students learned to make pinch pots out of clay. Students received a ball of clay and then they pushed the center in gently and create a round dish. The clay pinch pots were glazed and I placed different colored marble inside the pinch pots. Each of the 4 Kindergarden classes had a different color glaze and marble so I would know which class was who's. The pinch pots were gifts for the Kindergardeners to give to whom ever they wanted. They are to be used to hold rings, coins or any other trinkets.
I read the books Ish and Dot to inspire the students. These two books were great for illustrating that each person can have their own style and that when you practice art you can become a great artist.
Frederick, The Whale and the Raven and a Turkey Handprint projects were also done in the Fall in Kindergarden. These projects were taken home as the students finished them. Unfortunately I did not take pictures but I will post the samples when school resumes.
The First Grade Teachers have picked different authors that they will be focussing on: Kevin Henkes and Ezra Jack Keats. Since students will be going to Kensington Park in my hometown of Milford, Michigan after the first of the year, we started with Kevin Henkes' book Birds. Student made a bird color wheel based off the birds in the book. The birds include Blue Jays, Cardinals and Yellow Finches.
Students created Picasso inspired "Love" birds that with clay. Each student made a card to go with their bird in the style of Charlie Harper.
Second Graders have a Sound Unit they do in conjunction with Music. I have included this concept in Art. Students created a Turtle Rattle as part of a Humanities Art Lesson. The concept behind the Turtle Rattle was inspired by the book Thirteen Moons on the Back of Turtle which I used earlier in the year. Below is an example of a real turtle rattle and of the students' work. And, they do rattle!
I read The Lorax by Dr. Suess to the Second Graders to help them understand the concept of being mindful and not wasteful when it comes to resources we use, specifically trees. Second Graders made Lollipop Trees inspired by Hundertwasser. Enjoy!
Here are the Icosahedrons.