This project was inspired by This Post over at the Lake Forest Louvre art blog. Kindergarteners had a blast creating their very own African Kufi hats. We began by reading the story “The Hatseller and the Monkeys” which is an African folktale very similar to the book “Caps for Sale.”
Students drew monkeys with hats in their sketchbooks, making sure to include colorful lines, shapes, and patterns.
I have talked with my younger grades a lot this year about warm and cool colors and those are pretty easy to explain but I needed a good way to explain primary and secondary colors. So, I decided to use the metaphor of family. I asked kindergarteners if they knew that colors were in families and what the families were. I drew 2 houses on the whiteboard and explained that the families are next-door-neighbors, one is called Primary and one is called Secondary. Students worked together as a class to put each color in the correct house.
Then, they got a big piece of white paper, folded it in half hot-dog-style and drew a P on one side and an S on the other. Each table had a different color on it and the students pained their paper by matching the right color to the right house. We used the carousel method of painting which is explained here.
During one of these lessons, there was a tornado warning and the kids were so upset to have to leave their paintings! Luckily, we would finish them with crayons the next week.
The last step was to staple the paper in a circle on the kid’s heads. They ended up looking like a mixture between Shriner’s caps and colorful KKK hats but the kids loved them anyway.
All grades will be working on new projects next week as the last few loads of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade clay is fired in the kiln.
Kindergarten: “Printmaking” Stamped King/Queen Self Portraits
1st Grade: “Printmaking” Stamped Cityscape
2nd Grade: Monoprint Japanese Gyotaku Fish Collage
3rd Grade: The Parthenon
4th Grade: Surrealism Perspective Room Collage
5th Grade: Painted Paper Memory Collage