Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I have a group of Pre-K and Kindergarten students this fall. I realized very quickly just how varied their abilities can be in terms of fine motor control at this age. So I needed a project that wouldn't bore my students who were a little more on the advanced spectrum while not frustrating those at the other end. I had the children trace over my simple pencil drawing of the peacock feathers shape. They then painted the whole space blue, then added green and dark blue strips. For the beautiful "eyes" of the feathers, we used cotton balls, thumb prints, finger prints, and then Q-tip prints. They glued a pre-cut body down and added an eye.
I think the results were wonderful for everyone!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I'm a big fan of David Hockney. I think he hits home the Cubist movement in a new way for the children. Originally I thought I'd introduce my 1st and 2nd graders to him by taking 5 close up shots of their facial features (forehead, left and right eyes, nose and mouth) and asking them to put them together to form a cubist version of themselves. But when I started playing around with the double copies I ordered, I created a compilation of the features of the children in my class - and created a new mutated child. I howled with laughter. What 6-8 year old wouldn't get a kick out of this? So we played a game to mix up the facial features and everyone got 5 different pictures to create their new mixed up kid. They assembled these 2 compilations side by side.
This has been a hugely popular project and one that is often requested.