Kindergarten Homework
During the unit 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.

Current Project:
The Elements of Art Book

All kindergarten studens will begin their unit of art study by learning about the elements of art.  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 begin by learning about the most basic elements of line, shape and color.  As they learn about each element they will make artworks to be included in an element book.  Students will bring books home at the end of the unit.

An extra credit extension project will be sent home with students for each different element. These projects are designed to give students one on one practice with each element under the supervision of their parent.  Projects should be returned the following week as indicated on the project information sheet.  Students who complete this project to practice and reinforce the skills we are learning in class will earn extra credit points toward their grade.


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, shapes, and colors. The grocery store or market is a great place to begin.  Have your student describe their favorite cereal boxes or other packages.

Watch this stop motion video by OK Go on primary and secondary colors.  Ask your student if they remember the Primary Color song and Secondary Color song we sang in class and have them sing it to you!!
Three Primary Colors Video


Welcome Classes K1, K4, K5 and K6!!!!

Classes K1, K5, and K6 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.


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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