Kindergarten explores painting with Eric Carle in mind

The Kindergarteners have started to read some Eric Carle books — colorful stories with illustrations by the author.  As Eric Carle does, the students are beginning to experiment – to play – with a variety of tools and paints in preparation for using their painted creations to make collage pictures.  Lately, the students used paintbrushes, palette knives, forks, sticks, steel wool, corrugated paper, and their fingers to manipulate and mix the paint on their papers.  Concurrently, the students are learning to care for their art tools and materials, to be independent in preparing to paint and in cleaning up their work area afterwords, and to talk about their ideas and their explorations.

Kindergarten students progress with their 3-dimensional artwork

The Kindergarten students — focused on how personal journeys show how people change — have finished drawing and coloring their three self-portraits (in three stages of life: past, present, future), and they have been assembling these paper creations into hanging sculptures. Concurrently, the students are also working three-dimensionally in a different medium: a soft, pliable playdough called ‘paperclay’ which allows them to practice various manual manipulations (rolling, pinching, pounding, pushing, carving) and to use and combine it with various other media, such as wire, wood, and plastic.

Kindergarten constructs their self-portrait sculptures

The students have almost all finished their drawings (self-portraits) which represent themselves visually in three stages of their lives: as a baby, as a kindergartener, and as a grown-up.  The students have been drawing, coloring, and cutting out these three head-to-toe self-portraits, depicting themselves (face, clothes, favorites toys and/or other special objects) in these different times of their lives: past, present, and future.  Now they are assembling the pictures along with a chosen painting, as they begin to create a 3-dimensional sculptural piece from these 2-dimensional drawings.

Kindergarten considers their past, present, and future

As the kindergarteners pursue their year-long unit with Ms. Tasha and Ms. Zoe — the idea that personal journeys show the way that people can change and lead to new opportunities — they are busy in art class representing themselves visually in three stages of their lives: as a baby, as a kindergartener, and as a grown-up.  The students are drawing, coloring, and cutting out three head-to-toe self-portraits, depicting themselves (face, clothes, favorites toys and/or other special objects) in these different times of their lives: past, present, and future, using both their knowledge of themselves, their memories, and their imagination and future dreams.

Here are some images of the children at work on their pictures — which will later be joined to create sculptures. We also see the children at work on paintings which will form the cylindrical base of the sculptures.  We’re focused on learning to use the materials and tools the proper way, including cleaning up the studio after ourselves.

Kindergarten looks at themselves

Ms. Zoe and Ms. Tasha asked me to come to their rooms during the first week of school to talk with the children about pictures of our faces, to show them some examples of drawings, paintings, and sculptures of people from around the world, and to get them started drawing their first self-portraits of the year.  We used mirrors, black markers, and paper and then hung up the self-portraits afterwards for all to see.