do it. create. walk and see. cut and paste. scratch and sniff.
do whatever you have to do to feed your soul.
this is my commitment.

Monday, May 18, 2015

art that grows

We began with a study of the living artist from Japan,  Miroco Machiko.  We looked closely at one of her pieces examining subject, color and composition.

As I emptied the contents of our small refrigerator, the children identified these subjects: carrots, bell peppers, beets, radishes, corn, artichokes, eggplant and jalapeno pepper.

The students used these vegetables as inspiration to create their own drawings and composition with oil pastels on their canvases. With the exception of the black paint, the children only used primary colors and mixed all the colors they felt necessary to complete their still life paintings.

Declan read a book to us titled, Seen Art? by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.  
I highly recommend this read.  It has the perfect balance of great humor  
and educational (art) content.  

After a snack break and another book (I read Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy to coincide with our growing theme), we started our second activity.  The children decided which seeds they wanted to plant in their art that grows.  They designed their own back drop, using oil pastels and watercolors.

After taking turns mixing their potting soil with water, the children assisted each other in filling their clear bags with the moist dirt.  They reached in carefully to plant each seed.

After the seeds were planted, we carefully slid their backdrop piece behind their planted seeds.  If placed in a sunny spot and tended to with small amounts of water, we hope these seeds sprout and begin to grow!  If they do, I'd love to see pictures!

Our last activity of the day involved printing.  The children applied paint to their plates and used cotton swabs to draw the vegetables.  This is so fun to observe because the children just want to keep printing and printing.

There are two more classes in May.  See these here.

 I am trying to wiggle in classes throughout the summer months 
while in the midst of summer camps.
I'll make sure to keep you posted on new developments.

For summer camp info, see this link.

I have a few more seats in this camp June 22 - 26!

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