Since the beginning of September and the start of the new school year, our living room has become an art studio as my youngest daughter explores painting techniques and works on her homework assignments.
I find it interesting to look at her assignments and to see her imagination come to life. It is also interesting to see the way she works. I am thinking soon she can give me ideas to use in my classroom!
When Fall begins in Toronto, the pumpkins begin to show. I like the look of the small decorative pumpkins and I knew my students would as well. I bought a few at the grocery store with the intention of doing some sort of activity with them.
I decided to introduce them to the concept of Still Life. I showed them some of the paintings created by the Masters, and some that had been created by modern artists. I then asked them to create their own Still Life of the pumpkins using the medium of coloured pencils.
After this exercise, I helped the children to create the Success Criteria for the next part of the activity. These are the criteria that they came up with after looking at the gallery of drawings:
I colour in between the lines.
I use sharpened pencils.
I am satisfied with my drawing.
I take my time.
I do not scribble.
I use different colours.
The next step in the Still Life activity was for the children to re-create their own Still Life using the medium of oil pastels. An improvement was seen in the drawings as the children focused on the criteria that would make their work successful.
Once their work was done, I had an one-on-one consultation with each child to discuss their success with the task. The children took note of two of the things they done successfully – and one thing they could do to improve the product of their work. I scribed for them and pasted the result of our discussion at the back of their work for their parents to read.
Then the real fun began: the painting of their Still Life.
The result is an array of beautiful, well thought out paintings that the children are proud of.
The bulletin board outside my classroom now shows the children’s progress through the Still Life activity. Some examples of student’s work is displayed for the parents to look at.
The completed works of art will be placed in each child’s portfolio which will be sent home at the end of the year for both the children and parents to admire for many years.
My weekday is spent in the company of 5 and 6 year olds. I plan activities for them so that they can be exposed to as many interests as possible in my kindergarten class. The first step of the Art Inquiry I am currently doing with them is to create a painting using tempura paints.
The majority of children in my class are excited when I bring the paints out. Many of them ask to paint two, three, or even four pictures. I am told one is for me, one is for mom, one is for dad, one is for a sibling.
One mandate given to the children is that they are not to mix the colours. I have found that they are generally good about following this instruction. Those who forget, quickly discover that mixing the colours leads to a painting that is only brown.
Very quickly the paints are used to create beautiful paintings. Colours are chosen , as well as the subject matter of the painting, by each child in order to make a painting that is unique to them.
Beautiful pictures are created. What I enjoy most, however, is the sense of pride each child has as they create something that they have in their minds. As you can imagine, I have many beautiful paintings decorating my classroom 🙂
Have you had any paintings given to you by a 5 year old?
(This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes)
On Father’s Day it is always my intention to spoil my husband, a wonderful father, with the simple things that he enjoys: spending time with his family, eating a favourite meal, and enjoying a dessert that he does not often have. One thing he enjoys is whipped cream and this year for dessert I decided to make a cake (chocolate -the girls’ choice!) topped with freshly whipped cream and canned peaches. When taking a picture of this yummy dessert, I decided to place the painting my daughter had made as a Father’s day gift in the background. My aim was to focus on the dessert; but I ended up focusing on the painting.
The dessert is now long gone, but the painting is in view of everyone to enjoy.