Texture and Little Artists

Little Artists explored texture this week. We have learned about Claes Oldenburg and his funny sculptures. From fuzzy Popsicle to the ice cream cone on top of a building (he is always a super easy sell to the kids, no matter how old they are).

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Then we explored different textures and created a mixed media collage of a burger. Kids loved to cut and glue all the different materials onto their super-tall burger! I pre-cut the pieces to make it easier for the kids. We had papers with punched holes for cheese, green plastic bags for lettuce, red streamer for ketchup, foil for fish… a lot of stuff for everybody!

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After that we started working on one more project: cake candle holder. I love engaging kids with clay. It is very different that play dough and I believe it is important for them to be able to explore that difference. They pinched it, rolled it, squeezed it and when it resembled a shape they wanted, they added small details with a stick and stuck a candle in the middle. When the creations dry in a couple of days, they will paint it.

If you would like to learn more about Oldenburg, clay cakes, paper food and much more food-related fun – check out October’s issue of arTree.

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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?!

Capture your rainbow

There are many ways one can bring art outside… and this is one of my (and my son’s) favorites.

So, what do you do? Just cut out the color stripes on this page (you can also paint them yourself or use the swatches they have at your local home improvement store)…

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Then glue them onto an old CD. When you’re done, put the fabulous color wheel on a string… Now, your little artist can wear it around her neck and look for all the colors on her walk. To bring the memories home and make it more fun for the kids, grab your camera and take a picture, just like this… have fun and enjoy the beautiful weather (if it is as sunny as it is here).

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