Kindergarten

Kindergarten Homework
During all units on the Elements of Art, I will be sending home different assignments to help reinforce the elements we are studying in class.  Each of these homework assignments will include specific directions to help you review the selected art element at home with your child.  These homework assignments are OPTIONAL.  Your child will receive extra credit for completing and returning the assignment.  Extra credit will be reflected on their grade in Pupil Path. Homework assignments will be sent at the end of the units on line, shape and color.  Assignments will review the unit students have just completed and introduce them to the next unit.

If you want an activity for your child to do now, click the following link and print the "Line Sign" for your child to color.  For a challenge, ask you child to add their own lines to the picture before coloring.
Line Sign

Current Unit:
The Elements of Line


All kindergarten students will begin their unit of art study by learning about the elements of line.  These beginning concepts help students understand how art is made by everyone from children to professional artists.  It also helps give students a vocabulary they can use to describe the art they see in the world around them.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in four line learning centers: drawing, cutting and gluing, sculpting, and painting.  

Drawing: Students will practice naming, tracing, and drawing "Famous Lines"  Print the sheet from this link so your child can practice drawing "Famous Lines" on their own at home.  Students will use a special "line dice" to draw a line design using crayons.
Famous Lines Practice

Cutting:  Students will learn how to hold scissors correctly.  Students will practice cutting a variety of both short and long lines using different colored papers.  Finally, students will take their cut lines and use glue stick to create a collage. If your child wants extra practice cutting lines, click the link below for a variety of practice sheets you can print and use at home.
Cutting Lines Practice

Sculpting with Lines:  Students will learn how to roll clay coils with clay.  Students will practice laying coils on a laminated mat to create different coil lines.  Then students will create a line sculpture with pipe cleaners to take home.  You can help your child create their own coils at home using clay or play-doh. View the YouTube video link below to learn how to roll a clay coil.


Painting:  Students will learn how artists use paintbrushes.  For art class, we will learn three main ideas about brushes.  
1.  Never touch the bristles (or hair) of the brush.
2.  If the paintbrush looks like a "scrub brush" give it a drink of water.
3.  Give the brush a "nap on the napkin" (place it on the paper towel) when you are finished.
Students will create two line paintings using black tempera paints.  (Paintings will be completed with color during our Color Unit.)
Students can practice painting different lines with watercolor or tempera paints at home.


        
At Home:  You can reinforce what students are learning at home by asking your child each week what they learned in art class.  As you travel throughout the neighborhood, ask you child to describe what they see using words that describe different lines.  If you want to share any of the line activities you child does at home you may send them to class. (Tuesdays for Classes K7 and K6 or Wednesdays for K1, K2, K3, K4, and K5.) Or you may photograph the work with your phone and send it to me at ewine@schools.nyc.gov


PAST PROJECTS:

Welcome Kindergarten!!!!

Kindergarten classes are enjoying art instruction for the first time!!!!  In their first class students reviewed the rules:
     1.  Always follow directions.
     2.  Respect everyone and everything.
     3.  Try your best!!

We also learned to listen like "Mona Lisa" artists.  We looked at the painting The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.  When I say, "Mona,"  the students reply, "Lisa!!!"  Then we look and listen like Mona Lisa artists.


Students put their eyes on Mrs. Wine. (Just like the Mona Lisa is looking at them!)
Students show a quiet smile with their mouths. (They are quiet and not talking.)
Students fold their hands and hold them still.

If you want to practice art with your child at home, please encourage them to practice neat coloring.  The poster below is what I use in class to help the students see the steps to coloring neatly.


LAST YEAR...

Celebrating Art and Literature in March 
Dr. Seuss's ABCs.

Kindergarten students who are remaining in art for the spring semester are celebrating the art of Dr. Seuss.  Students listened to the book Dr. Seuss ABC.  The looked at how Dr. Seuss illustrated funny imaginary animals and people in this book.  Each student chose a large letter of the alphabet and began thinking of words that had that beginning sound.  For example, if a student chose the letter A, their list might include words like apple, alligator, ant, and ape.  Students will choose one or more of their ideas to illustrate inside their letter.  Students will add color using marker, crayon, and/or colored pencil.  Look below for ways you can support this lesson at home!!

Option 1:  Read a Dr. Seuss book and create your own illustration.
Read a Dr. Seuss book at home.  If you don't have any at home, you may check out a book at the local library.  Create an illustration of your own for this book.  Place your name on the back of your drawing.  Also write the name of the book you read on the back with your name.  Bring the drawing to school on the next day you have art. (K6 - Wednesdays or K1 and K7 - Fridays.)




Wassily Kandinsky Abstract Painting

Kindergarten students have started a unit of study focusing on the abstract paintings of Wassily Kandinsky.  Students listened to a short story about the life of Kandinsky and looked at several of his abstract paintings.  Students described his work using the art elements of line, shape, and color.  They learned how Kandinsky was greatly influenced by music when he painted.

Students created their own abstract drawing in class while listening to some of Kandinsky's favorite composers.  Students will be continuing to listen to music and will make paintings using tempera paint cakes in the style of Kandinsky.

Choose an option below to complete at home with your young artist.  Your student may bring in extra work they create at home in the style of Kandinsky to earn bonus points in art class.

Option 1:  Kandinsky Coloring Sheet
Students were given an example of a line painting by Kandinsky in art class along with a letter explaining the project.  Discuss what your child has learned about Kandinsky and abstract art in art class.  Play some music for your child. It could be classical music like Kandinsky listened to or even popular music from the radio.  Have your child use crayons, markers, or colored pencils to add color to the Kandinsky artwork.  Encourage them to think about how the music relates to the colors they are choosing. Send the completed Kandinsky drawing to school by your child's next art class and they will earn bonus points for this project.

Option 2:  Class Power Point
Click the link below to read more about Kandinsky and view the same artworks we looked at in class.  Sit with your child and ask them to describe each painting using line, shape, and color.  Ask them which painting they like the best and why they like it.  Ask them to draw or paint their own Kandinsky style abstract artwork based on their favorite work from the Power Point.  Play some music while the artwork is created.for inspiration.  Students may submit drawings or paintings in class to earn bonus points.

Option 3:  Geometric Kandinsky
Many of the paintings we looked at in class use mainly line and color. However, sometimes Kandinsky used geometric shapes to create his abstract paintings.  Look at the painting below and have your child name the geometric shapes he/she sees.  Ask your child to create their own abstract drawing using geometric shapes.  The focus should be on using a variety of shapes, not creating recognizable objects.  Have your child neatly color their abstract shape drawing using crayon, marker, or colored pencil.  Help your young artist color neatly by encouraging him/her to color inside lines, color in one direction, and cover all the white spaces.  Drawings may be submitted in class to earn bonus points for this project.






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