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What we did in Art
In art today we practiced drawing shapes as a follow up on last weeks Miro drawings. After looking at what the children came up with in just an hour last week, I realized we needed more time to really delve into practice drawings.
I asked students to copy some images I had drawn for them. I've decided each week we will start out like this as drawing is fundamental. Everyone was very successful in copying the little drawings I made for them..
The whimsical characters of Miro are a good source of imagination for children to work with. Please use this link to a whimsical creature drawing you can print out. Ask your child to use the drawing as follows:
Copy the whole thing.
Copy the large creature but fill in with thier own smaller shapes around the creature. There can be only three shapes around the creature but they need to be repeated until the paper is full.
Place all five finger tips together and touch the paper with all five tips. If the tips of their fingers together fit into any area without touching a part of the drawing, they need to put more drawing there. This is called tips of the finger test.
Draw your own whimsical creature. The rules for the creature drawing are:
1. It must be at least the size of half the paper but not the whole paper. (to leave room for the other shapes)
2. The whimsical creature must have many details (at least 20): wings, legs, arms, feet, claws, eyeballs, ears, teeth, etc. Looking at many animals and insects will help your child to use a little of everything to add to their creature. Without images and ideas it's hard to just come up with details.
Farmer Theodore and Miss Kitty in the Garden
For this work of art I used my love of animals and the garden as inspiration.
We Also worked with Clay!
We worked with the air dry clay today to make little birds. The clay will dry at home and it won't look all that pretty as the clay dries in blotches.
If you have some tempera paint, or any paint safe for children, you can paint the birds. I use just one color or two to keep it uncomplicated. This is called a limited pallet and I'm sure they will turn our beautiful. Blue birds or sparrows are all delightful.
Until next week....don't neglect your creative self. Make art as much as your child and you will never end up saying "I can't even draw a stick figure". Or you will at least, stop saying that! LOL!
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.