Sunday, May 5, 2013

Kindergarten Sunflower Studies

In Art Class, we looked at real Sunflowers and read Camille and the Sunflowers, a story about Vincent Van Gogh in Arles. The students quickly drew in craypas and then painted their own big, bold and beautiful versions of a Sunflower. These always make viewers smile.


Inspired by Paul Klee's Big Head

“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.”  Paul Klee

The fourth graders started with a big round head, divided it up and used craypas to make patterns in warm or cool color combinations transposing facial features for vibrant results.

Paul Klee was a Swiss artist of German Nationality (1879-1940). His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. His works reflect his humor and sometimes child-like perspective, his personal moods and beliefs. He was a highly trained musician and instructed his students in a series of musical operations for pattern development using rotation, inversion, mirroring or transposition of colors. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

No Mistakes in Art

In the Art Room, the Kindergartners were introduced to the medium of watercolor paints and were encouraged to experiment with various techniques and color mixing. Inspired by the book, “The Big Mistake,” they learned there are no such things as mistakes in art as each result is unique and beautiful.