This week, Kinders finished up their Ice Cream Sundaes. This project was A LOT of fun and really reinforced the concepts we have been working on.
We started off by drawing PATTERNS using LINE and SHAPES.
After that, we created our colorful squares by mixing PRIMARY COLORS to make SECONDARY COLORS. This part of the project was kind of crazy because the kids had to move from table to table with their paintings. Each table had a different color and the students were instructed to paint only ONE square per color. I had the students count the squares to reinforce math and counting concepts. I was really worried that this would turn into chaos but I found that the kids were able to move around successfully. I think that because they are so used to doing centers and a variety of activities, this lesson was well suited for the age group.
Students could let me know they were ready to move to the next table with a “silent thumbs up.” They had to carry their painting AND their paper underneath. This was a good way to prevent messy hands (for the most part) and messy tables (for the most part). Of course, some students got carried away while painting and painted more than one square with one color. (see below) However, the majority of students caught on to the idea and created great paintings.
On the drying rack:
After the paintings were dry, we talked about shapes and cutting with scissors. Do we cut our clothes? Hair? Fingers? Friends? (I ask to prevent!) The students cut their squares into BIG circles (do you want a big scoop of ice cream or a small one?) And cut a bowl from grey paper. They they glued it all together, added ‘chocolate syrup’ and ‘sprinkles’ (brown glue and confetti paper) and produced amazing ice cream sundaes. They look good enough to eat!
Next week we are starting new projects.
K will be making owls our of oil pastels and watercolors.
1st will be creating warm/cool dinosaurs with oil pastels.
2nd is finishing up their Andy Warhol cat paintings.
3rd will begin their monochromatic value paintings.
4th is going to create cubist style still life drawings with oil pastels and complementary colors.
5th will learn about value and create a spacescape.
Happy Friday, have a great weekend!