Eric Carle and the Year of the Monkey
Students learned about the Chinese New Year and that 2016 is the year of the monkey. They created their own unique monkey after learning about the painting techniques of artist Eric Carle. For the background design, students were asked to use their imagination and draw something special.
WOW! Look at all of these beautiful monkeys!!
Mouse Paint and Secondary Colors
After a review of the three primary colors, students were introduced to the secondary colors. First, we read the book Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Next, students used the interactive color wheel and placed the orange, green and purple "pie" pieces in their correct places on the wheel. They were able to determine where the secondary colors should be placed because they were aware of which primary colors mixed together make which secondary colors. Students then began their project by drawing a mouse on a piece of white paper. Then, they traced over their pencil drawings with black crayons.
The following week, students painted the background of their mouse drawings. They used liquid tempera paint and mixed the primary colors to make their own secondary colors. The mice stayed white!
Check out the display of finished work!
Piet Mondrian and Primary Colors
Last week Kindergarten students were introduced to the abstract art of Piet Mondrian. They viewed and discussed his artwork and learned about the primary colors. After that, they glued strips of black construction paper onto white paper to make a grid of rectangles and/or squares. Students also learned the American Sign Language sign for each primary color. This week, they used primary colored tempera cakes to paint their artwork.