I taught a familiar and favorite lesson: the living artist, Miroco Machiko. The children and I discussed that this artist resides in Asia (the "yellow" continent on their classroom continent map). I introduced the artist's favorite subjects, flora and fauna (plants and animals) and their "whimsical" nature. We looked at one example of her work.
After discussing our observations, I introduced our "live" subjects: vegetables from the grocery store. We identified carrots, beets, bell peppers, eggplant, jalapeno peppers, zucchini squash, an artichoke, rhubarb and celery. We discussed the parts of the plant that we eat (the stem of the rhubarb, the root of the carrot, the fruit of the bell pepper).
We used chalk pastels to either trace or draw our vegetables of choice on our canvas.
After a practice of dipping and blotting (using our paintbrush, water and our blotting cloth), the children were ready to paint.
We completed the lesson with the book, Two Old Potatoes and Me written by John Coy. This is a perfect book to read especially during this time of year. The children noticed similarities between the illustrator, Carolyn Fisher's work and Miroco Machiko.
Thank you, Miroco Machiko, for your inspiration!
Happy Painting to All
To view more photos of our class time today, please visit this flickr link.
To read about Create Everyday Art Classes for Children, please visit this link.