I always love to introduce the primary colors to my kindergarteners at the beginning of the school year, but now that the art room iPads have the Quiver App, it is a magical experience when our crayon color wheels lift off the paper and dance, bubble up, and spin. This year we colored one color wheel together step by step last week and watched the magic happen this week. Then student watched the tumblebook version of the book, The Dot, and created anything they wanted in a blank quiver dot sheet. Perhaps their new drawing made from the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) would have some secondary colors (purple, orange, and green) when they combine.
A few times a year, NextVista.org hosts student video contests. These videos teach something learned in school, are 90 seconds (+ credits) long, and fit in one of three categories: student, collaboration, or teacher created. They are screened by a panel of judges and posted to the site. Those that score the highest points are posted as finalists. Winners are awarded after the finalists are viewed by teachers and students around the globe. We entered 4 movies this time into the contest and 2 of them were selected as finalists in two different categories. Click on the movie titles below to see them.
Soaring Creativity: Teacher Category
Soaring Creativity: Collaboration Category
We entered a tutorial explaining the 2nd grade rotational symmetry lego design project in the teacher category. View it below and visit my post to learn more about this project.
We entered a shortened version (to meet requirements) of "How to be Kind" in the collaboration category. View the full version below and visit the post to find out how Dryden's youngest animators created the beating heart effect over their still images.
There were 2 other videos entered during this contest that were not chosen as finalists.
Deep Space (the remake) was given an Honorable Mention. View thefirst version here and learn about animated aliens to play instruments, beatbox, dance, and sing here.
How to Stay Neat was also a remake by the 2nd graders of 2015-2016 school year. It was entered in the summer contest but since they had no other collaboration entries it was put into the current contest where it didn't score as high as the other entries. View the first version here and the remake below.
Here are thescoring guidelines that the judges use for the videos. Try going back to each category (Teacher, Student, Collaboration) and score the movies so you can guess who might win. There are "bonus points" for turning the movie in early and following the directions when the movie is turned in, so your score may be a few points off because of this unknown factors.
Because Dryden has maintained an online digital art gallery for over 11 years we can look back at how each artist has grown over time. The fifth graders are completing their self-portrait paintings drawn in a 3/4 pose. All those that were here in kindergarten can compare their results to their kindergarten self-portrait painting. Those that came to Dryden after kindergarten and were here in 2nd grade can compare their work to their winter self-portrait. I uploaded all the completed comparison images to this gallery on artsonia so students can reflect on their growth through their artist statement.
Kindergarten-VS-5th Grade Edit name by Slidely Slideshow
Oh my! Look at this treasure I found in an old blog post called "As Cute as a Kitten Video" where a group of the current 5th graders are singing the kindergarten song as KINDERGARTENERS as they line up at the end of art class. I suppose this is one of the benefits of keeping the same teacher at the same school for years, she also celebrates the growth of her students.
I animated with Kindergarteners for the very first time and recorded each student before green screen to tell the audience how to be kind.
Here is how:
Kindergarteners began the school year learning about the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. We poured them into the center of our paper, folded it in half, and watch the colors mix into a symmetrical design. It reminded us of butterflies. So we will turn them into butterflies with construction paper and googly eyes next week. Meanwhile we imagined that each artist was the body of their own butterfly for these images.
See the gallery on Artsonia here.
Here is a little "how to" for making these in Keynote (on a Mac):
Tricia Fuglestad's Slidely by Slidely Slideshow
Students completed their physical piece of art by learning how to make a butterfly body by measuring a good SIZE and designing a good SHAPE for their symmetrical paint wings. These can be viewed in their gallery here.
What is Art?
This is a great place to start with kindergarten. Our first project this year was an exploration of the color wheel, the primary colors, and abstract art created by mixing them together. The piece they created was then titled and imagined in a large frame as they posed before green screen pretending to gaze at it...pondering, "what is art?" I made a tutorial of how to put this lesson together in keynote. View it here.
I created an interactive color wheel game and coloring sheet so students could explore color mixing before we used paint. View this resource here.
View this exhibit on Artsonia of all the kindergarten framed masterpieces here. (Come back soon if all 4 classes don't appear yet.)
One of the books I like to use to introduce kindergarteners to the variety of forms that art can be is ART IS... by Bob Raczka. I made a movie of my reading of the book with images and text to help the students see the book easily in art class. View it below or at this link.
One of our FAVORITE Fugleflicks was created by 5th graders for kindergartners to help them understand some forms of art. It is called, "I AM ART". It introduces Sculpture, Landscape, Portrait, Figure Drawing, Still Life, Graphic Design, Abstract Art, and Film.
It always amazes me what these little artists who began the year struggling with very simple things (like holding a pencil) can do by the end of Kindergarten. These completely freehand drawings include large flowers that go off the edge of the paper, overlap, have stems that enter a vase that is rounded to look 3D with wrap around pattern.
Take a look at the whole gallery on Artsonia.
I uploaded the step-by-step lesson and other resources to my Fuglevision wiki.
Here is a link.
I was holding off on doing this project with the kindergarteners until we had enough iPads in the art room for everyone to create at the same time. That time arrived! Even though we are tired of snow aren't you excited to know we have enough iPads for K-3rd grades at Dryden to do 1:1 iPad lessons in art class?
If you want to help fund the last two iPads we need to have enough for EVERYONE you can give to our Donor's Choose project here.
This project required a bunch of new learning for the kindergartners including:
Kindergarteners were asked to contemplate the difficult question of, "What is Art?" as they mixed the primary colors to make an abstract painting.
We watched this clip from Daddy Daycare to learn how to "look at abstract art" with our imagination. This helped them dream up a creative title for their piece as they squinted and tilted their heads (you have to see the clip below to understand).
There are two versions of this finished project. One is the paper collage. We printed the photos and our wonderful parent volunteers helped to cut them and glue them onto the masterpieces. The other version was created digitally. I have a tutorial below if you want to see the process. Students posed as if they were looking at their own artwork in front of our green screen. This was then digitally layered on their masterpiece and uploaded to our online art gallery on Artsonia. View all the finished work here.
Art can be so many things! This AMAZING little Fugleflick is the perfect way to introduce the different forms art can take including Sculpture, Still life, Portrait, Figure Drawing, Landscape, Graphic Design, Abstraction, and Film. See the video or watch the live version performed by a few staff members and myself at last year's District V-Show.
Our tradition continues (if all goes as planned). The kindergarteners learned the song, they created their bows, and Mrs. Deptula added me to the program. So, we will be performing in our spiffiest of attire The Kindergarten Song at the Kindergarten Tea. Here is a peek at our last minute rehearsal at the end of art class with K-4.
(Warning: This is extremely cute-almost like those viral kitten videos)
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