Little O’Keeffe

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This week my Little Artists (3-5 years old) learned about Georgia O’Keeffe and colors in nature.

I brought some flowers for them to explore with magnifying glasses. We talked about details and close-ups and looked at many different paintings. It was fun. Kids touched, smelled and really looked at all the different kinds of flowers. Then they selected the one flower they wanted to paint.

They worked on canvas with sharpies and liquid watercolors and really enjoyed the process (it was much less messy than I thought it would be). They painted with brushes and then – with the flowers and we talked about the differences. I love how they turned out – all different.

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Food, food and food!

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October issue of arTree magazine is here! And it will make you really hungry!

We will explore food and sculpture with Claes Oldenburg. There will be huge donuts and tiny clay fish, paper hamburgers and clay ones. We will conduct science experiments and play with our food. There is something for everybody, and then some. Plus, this issue has 20% more pages and art projects!

Want to start?

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You can buy just this one issue and give it a try. If you enjoy it and want to subscribe, let us know and we will offer a discounted rate $8 instead of $9.99).

Plains Indians in Art

After-school, art program at Woodside elementary has started. We are going to travel all around the world, visit all seven continents and create some cool art (while we listen to traditional music).

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First week was about North America. And since we didn’t have to travel anywhere to get there, we have gone back in time – to the time of Plains Indians. We have learned about pictograms and told our stories on “buffalo hides” (or the next best thing – paper bags). Kids were very excited and their stories ranged from epic battles, funny episodes to love stories and poetry.

Here they are, at least some of them.

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(This story was about a day in a life of one brave warrior-girl.)

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(This love story was created by a 10-year-old boy. It tells about a boy and a girl who brought peace to their village through love.)

Seurat’s secondary boats

This morning the preschoolers explored mixing of the colors. We learned that red and yellow make orange, blue and yellow make green and red and blue make purple. We read “Mouse Paint” and discussed all the primary and secondary colors. Easy.

Then we conducted a super cool (and super secret) experiment with magic wands and protein molecules.

As for our painting today, we explored pointillism and used only primary colors. We created a color wheel and added our own sailboat with secondary-color sails.

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Kids had a blast and did not want o leave the classroom today. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, right?!

Matisse, fish and preschoolers

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Yesterday was my first Little Artists class with a group of 3-5 year-olds. We talked about color and Henri Matisse. We looked how different artists used colors, talked about our favorite ones, played color scavenger hunt, read books… and created a fish.

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Each child started by drawing a fish on a colored paper. Then they cut out whatever shapes they wanted out of as many colored papers as they wanted to… and glued them onto the fish. Once they were done, they added the eye and cut it out. What do you think?

There are more ideas for Matisse, color and fish on our Pinterest board.