Saturday, October 25, 2014

Wild Thing, You Make Everything Groovy

The classic children's book Where The Wild Things Are makes a terrific lesson that is literacy based for the Halloween season.

My kids and I are working on their understanding of how to draw using some of the Elements of Art; shape, line, color, pattern and texture
We talk about it all the time. We also looked at and discussed this power point which outlines some connections between Sendak's Wild Things and some mythological wild things from history.

We assemble our wild things with brass fasteners-fascinating objects to the 2nd grade mind.

It's kind of scary! 

But awesome.

There's a terrific vintage moving picture book made famous by the wonderful Weston Woods Studio. Sendak even had a hand in it's production. You can find it here via New Hampshire Public Television.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Because Art

Art Appreciation: A Spontaneous Sample Survey




Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Black Cat Black Cat

"Black catblack cat, we want to know / where's your home, where do you go?" This questioning refrain is repeated in the poetic and gently haunting story Black Cat by Christopher Myers. It's a wonderful book and literacy connection that introduces my 1st graders to the mysterious world of an urban dwelling black cat. The book introduces or revisits new words such as roam and cityscape vs. landscape, nocturnal, pattern, texture and design.

After reading book and figuring out that the Black Cat makes his home everywhere he roams, the students paint their black cat in paint. Since we've already covered the concept that shapes and lines can make a cat by drawing a black cat in ur previous lesson, we extend those ideas to our painting. Here's a simple power point I created about black cats.

After they dry we cut them out.

Did you know that some cats have very curly tails?

After the cats are freed from their paper...we revisit the Black Cat's environment. We discover that we can see many interesting details in the Black Cat's world of the story. I created a power point here that can help generate conversation about patterns, design and texture that can be found in cityscapes.

Then the kids create a collage cityscape using newspaper and oil pastels.

Then we glue down our own Black roam...and roam.