Art Elements with Kids: Line

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In these 7 weeks, we will be discovering Art Elements: line, shape, texture, space, color, value and form.

The first one was Line. We have talked about the right definition and then looked for different kinds of lines: straight, wiggly, curly, thin, thick… then we did a little exercise: how many different kinds of lines can the kids create in under one minute? The record? 20! I was very much impressed.

We have also looked at famous artists and how they used line: Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso and Bridget Riley. The kids especially loved the light painting by Picasso and took a hundred guesses how he did it.

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Then we used the different kinds of lines we talked about to create our crazy hair (or beard) people. Kids really got into it. Some of them spent over 30 minutes to make their hair perfect, others made 5 drawings in that time – but they were all excited!

When they were done, we did another short project: an op art bookmark. Over the holidays I scored these amazing scrapbook papers with lines on them (the 25 sheets were for 50 cents so I have a lot of them now) and I thought they would work great for this lesson, and they did. Just a little sample of what we did:

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That was it. We hardly had any time left for cleanup. Next week: shape!

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South American mirrors

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Last week, the Art around the World class visited South America. We have explored the South American geography, culture and art. We looked at various fabrics and noticed the bold, bright colors and vivid patterns. Then we replicated that effect with our mirrors.

Kids created their own patterns – some of them used geometric shapes, others used organic ones… some kids used only colorful sharpies, other added a lot of gems and sequins. They started by cutting a circle out of a paper and gluing a circle out of aluminum foil into the middle of it. Then they drew several circles (getting larger from the center) and filled them with their unique patterns. It was super fun and easy for all of the kids (K-5)!

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.