Friday, April 21, 2017

Young artists at work

For the next few weeks we will be taking a closer look at painting. 
We will explore this artistic expression by learning about 3 specific artists.
To get our minds ready for this creative adventure, 
we have built a mini art museum in the classroom.
I told the children to keep an eye out for changes.
As with real art museums, our art exhibits will change also.
It was truly delightful to catch "real life" sketch moments happening in our block museum.
We read a book about color.
"Red and blue can magenta and purple and violet.
But yellow and yellow can only make yellows".
We experimented to see if the book was true.
It was!
We created our own painters palette.
The children had to match the color to the first letter of its word (r for red).

The easels are at the entry of the classroom to inspire each child to create one painting a day.
Colette decided to draw and paint a self portrait.

Morah Katie: What did I forget to put on my piece of art? I wouldn't want you to confuse my art with a Claude Monet painting.
Sadie: Flowers!
Morah Katie: Sadie, you remembered from wednesday! I was thinking of my name. BUT If I had painted a lot of water lilies and not added my name, maybe I could have confused you! We talked about how artists sign their work, put their name on their art. Is that something you have heard me ask you to do?
Kids: Yes.
Morah Katie: Artists also name their art work. They give it a title. This painting by Claude Monet is "Water Lilies".
This painting by Vincent Van Gogh is "Night, Arles".  Why do you think he named it that?
Jade: It has stars.
Olivia: It looks like Night.
Morah Katie: This painting is by Edgar Degas.  I bet you can guess the title. 
Colette: Well there are 2 ballerinas.
Morah Katie: And it is called "Two Ballerinas".
Morah Katie: Emily what are you painting? 
Emily: Towers.
Morah Katie: What do you think you will title your painting?
Emily: "Emily mama and dada".
Morah Katie: Mason, what do you think about your painting? Have you thought of a title?
Mason: I'm not sure.
Morah Katie: Do you remember what you were thinking of when you painted it?
Mason: Light.  I'll name it "Light".

Our block museum will not be the only gallery with a weekly changing exhibit. 
Please be sure to keep on eye on our wall for the incredible pieces of art being created each week by our young artists.

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