The fall got off to a great start with our pinwheels for peace project! After all of the pinwheels were finished we got right into our first units, which vary for each grade level.
Kindergarten classes started with a skills assessment drawing, which helps me learn where all of my new students are with their coloring, cutting, gluing, and drawing. I gave them a paper with a collection of shapes, that when cut out and put together, make a person. See below for some finished examples and in-progress photographs!
The next unit in kindergarten was an intro to two of the elements of art. We first focused on line, doing a line match on the smartboard, and a practice drawing. Kindergarteners practiced drawing lines like horizontal, vertical, jagged, dotted, thick, and curvy.
On day two, we learned about the element of art called shape. Lines can be used to draw shapes. The lines kindergarten students drew the week before turned into shapes where they touched and crossed over one another.
These found shapes were colored in using a variety of materials. Students explored markers, crayons, and oil pastels.
Our most recent unit explored how shapes can be used to create the details of our drawing. Using the book Ship Shapes as inspiration, students created a seascape oil pastel drawing. They noticed and used triangles, squares, rectangles, semi-circles, and ovals to create the buildings, and animals in their seascape. To finish their work kindergarteners using medium and dark blue to paint in the sky and water. This technique is called oil pastel resist.