Cities in Art | Kindergarten Letter Designs| Explorations by In-Service Teachers | Monet's Water Gardens, Grade 1 , Tennessee Arts Academy
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Name: Julie Rivera, Studio Art Teacher
Name: Anna Pertzoff – Director of The Children’s Studio
I challenged my kindergarten students to use a letter as a design element. The children repeated their letters over and over, creating new designs and patterns. Many chose to add another letter to complete their piece. The following week we looked at all of the shapes and designs they had created and agreed that painting the spaces would be a great way to pull out the shapes. The children were given only the primary colors plus black and white. They mixed and mixed. I walked around the room and noticed that they were creating extraordinary palettes and suggested that every color they loved might be added to their prints. They loved that idea as a recording of their colors and as a challenge.
I love doing this project, especially with younger children. It allows
them the creative freedom that may be in their minds, but growing fine
motor skills may prohibit. They are able to create buildings, words and
shapes that may not come as easily with their own free hand.
These line printing explorations were created in the Teaching of Visual Arts course at Smith College. For a course description, visit the class website: http://www.smith.edu/educ/fac_ctopal.html
After looking through the CD-ROM and experimenting with line printing
during class, each student selected a section of Creating With A Line,
Part II of Thinking With A Line, to study before creating these images.
Oil pastels were used to add color to printed compositions.
Name: Nancy Stahelek
Following the video, the class painted their own ponds using the sponge
In the second session, three additional painting techniques were
Teachers explore the process of line printing in a group. They begin with the large curved line tool. After spaces begin to fill, the small curved line printing tool was handed out. To keep the exploration exciting and to add a new element, red paint and straight line tools were offered to the group.
The colorful painting below shows a group line printing exploration that was later painted by the group.