What is an Axolotl? Kindergarteners explored this intriguing animal and created their very own axolotl artwork. We started off reading the book Spike the Mixed Up Monster by Susan Hood.
The kids loved this book’s colorful illustrations and loved that axolotl is from Mexico. I knew this would be a great book because I have so many ESOL kids and they really enjoyed listening to story that included words in Spanish. After reading the story, I showed the kids these videos of real axolotls: http://viewpure.com/LeX2Fsy6WxQ and http://viewpure.com/NYaadCzhfz0. Students noticed the spikes and tails and that the animals live in water.
We practiced drawing axolotls in our sketchbooks. Students broke the body down into shapes to draw and then colored their creatures in.
After sketching, it was time for the real thing. Kinders drew an axolotl onto BIG paper. Then, they used extremely watered down tempera paint to add color. I set out one color at each table and had the kids move around the room to get to all of the colors. I love having Kindergarteners paint this way because I think it is great practice of procedures and it allows them to get up out of their seats. This is the second time I have done this and it was quite successful.
After the paintings were dry, we added materials to create TEXTURE. Students cut up yarn for the “hair” on the spikes, and glued sequins for bubbles.
I think this project turned out GREAT — the axolotls look terrifying and wonderful. They have a lot of personality and it was a great project that connected with many of my student’s personal culture.
With a Ninja Turtle:
Crying because “someone hurt his feelings and his friends weren’t being nice”
Name: Grandpa Lemon Face (Nickname: Tomato)
Name: Hell Kitty (very fitting if you ask me)
Here is the current Sample/EQ/Standard board:
If it looks rather full, that’t because there is A LOT going on in the art room!
Kinders are finishing up their Axolotls
1st graders are working on Positive/Negative Creatures and will be starting their Autumn Trees.
2nd graders have begun their clay islands.
3rd Graders are creating collograph prints.
4th graders are working on gesture prints.
5th graders began their radial symmetry prints.