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Popsicles and Painted Paper

This past week First Graders have been working on color mixing. We had a magic show where I showed them how PRIMARY COLORS mix to make all of the other colors.

What does a magician need to do magic? A Hat! A magic wand! As an artist, my paintbrush is my magic wand.


We say the magic words all together “Abracadabra Please and Thank You!” We watch in awe as red and yellow make orange, blue and yellow make green, and red and blue make purple. When I ask “what do you think will happen when all of the colors mix together?” I get answers ranging from black and brown to pink, sparkles, and even rainbow! The kids absolutely love the magic show 🙂

After some color mixing magic, we talk about TINTS and SHADES (mixing white and black into colors.) Then the real fun begins. Each student gets a white piece of paper and a combination of 2 or 3 colors (“you get what you get and you don’t get upset!”) and they make their own color mixing magic.

After they fill their whole paper up with a new color, they use paint scrapers to create TEXTURE. I had ordered some that are made out of plastic and I also made my own from cardstock. The painted paper came out gorgeous! Here are a few on the drying rack with the cardstock paint scrapers.

After tables are scrubbed and hands are washed, we gather on the carpet to read “From Head to Toe” by Eric Carle. We talk about how Eric Carle is an artist who uses textured painted paper to illustrate his books. The story is great because the kids get to move around a bit and act like animals (in a good way!)



Next week we will use our painted paper to make dragons!

This afternoon I made Value Popsicles. These will be use for upcoming 3rd and 4th grade projects which deal with VALUE and MONOCHROMATIC  color schemes. Each table will get a set and work together to put the popsicles in a value scale  going from lightest to darkest. There are dabs of paint on the sticks to show how much color and black/white was used to make each shade. I am hoping to use these for reference when students are trying to achieve a particular hue when mixing colors. They can just look at the popsicles to see how much of what makes what color. They came out pretty cool.


3rd, 4th, and 5th are finishing projects this week, I will post pictures soon!


Kandinsky Music Paintings

I love my first graders. Maybe its because my room is on the first grade hall and they are my neighbors. Or maybe its because they are silly and mostly laugh at my jokes. Whatever the reason, first graders are awesome 🙂

We looked at art by Kandinsky and talked about abstract art. We discussed different lines and shapes and used paint to create abstract artworks. Since Kandinsky listened to music while he painted, so did we! I played some Brazillian music for them and they were groovin’ and jammin’

Is your paintbrush having a Good Hair Day?

Masterpieces on the Drying Rack:

Painting shapes with Primary Colors.

The final product:

After clean-up we watched this incredibly strange video( Kandinsky )and it was pretty funny when the kids recognized the painting at the end.  This project was really fun and the students were very successful. Next week we will be starting Eric Carle Painted Paper Dragons. Stay tuned for pictures!

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Mondrian and Matisse

During the first week of school I read the book “Lines that Wiggle” to k-2. This is a great book because it involves all sorts of lines that fit in with our curriculum. I also like it because it has cool monsters 🙂

With the knowledge of lines (vertical and horizontal being the main focus) Kinders began working on their Mondrian Masterpieces. We watched this fun video( Mondrian )which the kids enjoyed. We then talked about Mondrian’s artwork and the kids glued down horizontal and vertical lines on square paper. This week, we colored in the shapes our lines made using primary colored crayons. I also read “Mouse Paint” which is a quintessential book for every art room and a great interactive story.

After coloring the shapes, we watched a video about the primary colors. This was a huge hit and had students dancing and singing along. They found this video hilarious and it was great to watch their reactions. OKGO Primary Colors The artwork came out great:

Second Graders learned about Matisse and how he cut shapes out of paper. We talked about positive and negative space and geometric and organic shapes. Students used scissors and paper to create their own Matisse-inspired artwork.

First graders are finishing up their Kandinsky artworks and pictures will be posted soon!

Today was also a great day because I FINALLY got the rug I ordered. Now the kids can sit on a rug for stories instead of an old blanket.