Primary and Secondary Fish
Kindergarten is all about building skills. We read the book "Pattern Fish" and then the students used oval tracers to trace the basic designs of their fish. They added lines and patterns to make their fish special and then responsibly traced over their pencil lines with sharpie. Using "magic" crayons, they used the 3 primary colors to color in their big fish. For the small fish they used what they learned about the secondary colors and colored them in with 2 colors to equal that secondary color. With a wave of my wand I activated the "magic". Using only plain water the students painted over their fish to change their crayons to paint. They watched as the small fish that were colored with 2 colors mixed and created that secondary color.
Students learned about Eric Carle and how he created his art with just paper collage. They used different textures to paint paper and the used tracer to trace and cut out the circles for the caterpillar. They also used texture plates and rubbed crayons to create texture for their leaf. Final details were added with crayons.
Once we finished our caterpillars it was time to change them into butterflies! First we read "Waiting for Wings" by Lois Ehlert. Then we talked about symmetry, what that means and how butterflies are symmetrical. Students folded their papers in half and only drew half a butterfly with a black oil pastel. After they were finished drawing they folded the paper in like a book so their drawing was on the inside. Then using a popsicle stick they rubbed and rubbed and rubbed!! Magically (there's a lot of magic in our room) the black oil pastel transferred to the other side of the paper. If the lines weren't dark enough the students traced over them. Painting with watercolor came next, but they had to paint it symmetrically.
Students learned about Claude Monet and the way he painted with lots of dots. As they painted they watched a bridge appear on their paper. Each painting is as unique as the artist who painted it.