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Artists today were celebrating International Day.  We took this opportunity to view artwork by artists from all different countries.  We spent time telling our own stories about the artwork using drawing materials, iPads and building materials.  Look at the tweets on the side of this blog for photos!


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It is time!

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Preschool: Black and White

Preschool artists have been wondering about black and white.  For the last few weeks we have explored a wide range of stations:

Painting white on black and black on white

Pre-cut black and white shapes

Drawing white on black and black on white

Glue drawings with black yarn (great to develop those fine motor skills)

Wax resist

Night time stories (black paper with colored chalk)

What is black? What is white?  What is light? What is dark? How do you know this?

The investigation will continue next week with shadows and shadow puppets!

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Grade 1: Doodles explore

Grade One artists are taking their doodling further.  They are finding different ways to doodle and experimenting with a variety of ways that they can express themselves.  A group started using pencil and glue, some prefer markers and some wanted to try to cut and tape paper to form a 3-D doodle.  Ask your grade one artist his/her favorite ways to doodle!

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Kinder: Texture

Exploring Kinder Texture Centers!

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Grade 1: Doodles!

Grade 1 Artist have been viewing some “Doodles” on the internet.  In our ‘Personal to Me’ Unit, they have explored ways that artists doodle and why the patterns, lines, shapes and images are meaningful to the artist.  Below is not grade one artwork, but doodles that were found online.  Credit goes to artists Suzibell and Will Bryant.

Grade one has been looking at the line family.  Dot, straight line, diagonal like, curved line and angle line.  Combining theses 5, Grade one artists can do oodles of doodles!  We will post our doodles as we explore marker, cut paper, printmaking and t-shirt designs.

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Preschool: Black and White

Preschool artists investigating black and white!

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Happy New Year from our Kinder Artists!

We are starting a new unit, the 5 Senses.  Students are connecting to thier sense to create a body of work and also learning about animals and their super senses.  Today, the sense of touch was introduced, and students worked on 5 texture stations.  These will become the background for some animal habitats.  Ask your kinder student about putting his/her hand in a brown bag and “seeing with their hands!”

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Happy New Year from our Preschool Artists!

Preschool friends started the new year with large tempera paint paintings.  During circle time, we talked about where our thoughts and ideas come from and how do we know what we want to make our artwork about.  Some children set off with ideas and some found they changed their ideas as their painting changed.  We had some super titles this week.  One student said, “It’s called: I got it spinning like that!” and another described his work as, “A tornado of creation!”

Happy New Year!  We are off to a great start!

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Kinder: Invent with shapes

Kinder artists each used 4 pieces of wood and made inventions using shapes.  They had to design 3 ideas and draw each idea, then select their favorite idea and glue it together.  The friends added details using color pencils and stained the wood with watercolor paint.

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