Kindergarten and First Grade started off the year learning about Mondrian and Kandinsky. They were inspired to create bold artworks by painting, cutting and gluing, and mixing colors.
Kindergarten began by learning all about Mondrian. They used their imaginations to look at his artwork. Students noticed that he mostly used the colors red, yellow, and blue and lots of straight lines.
We began by cutting lines out of black paper and gluing them down. Remember: a dot is a lot and a blob is a slob!
The next class we read Mouse Paint which is an EXCELLENT book for the little ones. Kinders were inspired to mix up their own colors! They used tempera cakes to carefully fill in the shapes they had made with lines. They were amazed that they could make colors by mixing up the primary colors.
These turned out great, they are so colorful and the kids had a great time exploring and discovering art materials and color mixing.
First graders had a similar experience learning about Kandinsky.
They even listened to music as they painted great big lines and shapes onto paper.
The next week, we also read our old favorite Mouse Paint. Several students were excited to read this book again and remembered the story from last year. They were old pros as mixing colors and had a blast filling in their shapes and designs.
I love the vibrant colors and variety of designs in the finished pieces:
What a great way to start the year! Here is the EQ/Standard/Sample board. 2nd graders are working on their Matisse Drawing with Scissors composition. 3rd graders will learn all about Gerogia O’keeffe and create a painting based on her artwork. 4th graders will be exposed to #FAFATL and create artwork inspired by Catlanta. 5th graders will learn how to make graffiti style lettering and design their name.
BONUS: On Monday morning, one of my most vivacious 2nd grade students brought me this picture which she had drawn:
It is a phenomononally detailed picture of me teaching art! She included my magic hat, rules, owl, and ART letters on the whiteboard! It was such a great gift and really brightened my day. 🙂