The students have continued to pursue a central idea in Kindergarten which is that materials can be manipulated to suit a purpose. In art class we have been taking the time to consider the various types of materials that can be used to create artwork — or anything that the children’s minds think up.
Having painted with white paint on black paper, then colored with a variety of dry media (oil pastels, chalk pastels, colored pencils, markers), the students then were offered numerous other materials to add to their pictures. Having already explored materials such as wood, paper, metal, plastic, and cloth & string — and where these things come from — the students used these items as they saw fit to develop an artwork. The main focus was two-fold: one, to develop an awareness of the source of the materials that people use to make art and, two, to explore and understand various methods of combining and attaching different materials together to achieve a personal objective.
Here are the students in action along with their completed artwork: