The lovely spring weather saw the kindergarten artists take a walk with sketchbooks in hand to the park across the street from the school to explore the plants, flowers, trees, walkways, fellow nature-lovers and artists, and to see what sorts of things we might like to draw from observation. Students chose from pencils, ink pens, and colored pencils to sketch their chosen scene.
The park art-adventure is part of our shared unit focused on the idea that people use a variety of languages to communicate their ideas and feelings. Even when drawing from observation (and not imagination), the young artists are able to express themselves by virtue of the subjects they choose to draw and in the way they do so. The children have spent much time this year learning to combine different formal elements — line, shape, color, texture — in order to create specific effects.
Look below to see what happened at the park: