One sunny day, we had a beautiful play time!
Klimt was not a familiar artist to the children and to me. I chose him for this week project because I wanted to explored about his deep, vibrant colors and beautiful patterns on his paintings. I wanted the children to use variety of colors, textures, yet learn to put them together for this project. I showed several choices of Klimt's paintings to the children and these two pieces were selected.
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt (1907~1908), Canvas, Gold leaf, Oil paint
Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt (1902), Gold, Graphite, Casein paint
The project was a collage using face pictures, magazines, different textures of paper.
O even cut the pieces from Klimt's painting copy and pasted it to blend the colors.
This is O's interpretation of The Kiss. Do you feel the richness of Klimt's colors in O's work?
C chose an excerpt from Klimt's Beethoven Frieze. She loved this picture because of the patterns of the dresses and the peaceful faces of the women. She put three pictures of hers and carefully chose the colors from the magazine. She didn't forget to give golden accent on the dress!
Through this project, I took some time to look at Klimt's paintings and realized how he used elegant and gorgeous colors. The brush strokes were delicate and the face expressions of his models on the paintings were so realistic and elegant.
Today's art project was making a necklace because C requested last time that she wanted to make some jewelries like bracelets or necklaces. Look at these beautiful colors of the beads! We used the plain wooden beads and put it in the jars filled with the liquid water colors.
The colors came out so soft and pastel.
The next step was to decide the necklace design. Should we do the beads all around the string or just a few of them in front? C decided to go for the 2nd design.
C laced it one by one and tried to make patterns. She repeated to herself, "purple - purple - blue,.."
She was proud of her workmanship and decided to make another one for mommy. She said, "I want to add a point gem in the middle," and she started to do it on her own. She said, "My daddy's going to ask me where I bought it. He will be surprised if I tell him I made it!!" Sure he will!
To celebrate Chinese New Year, I was thinking what could be a good craft for the young children. We made dragon many times and I couldn't think of any good art and craft ideas about the theme related to the year of dog, so I decided to make a Koi Fish Mobile. I gave the idea and 4 year old C was just being creative about it with the materials. Her fine motor was shining in this project.
Supplies we used :
- Toilet paper rolls
- Origami paper (cut in semi circle shapes)
- Tissue paper in different colors
- Googley eyes
Guess what we did in this art class!
We experimented how shaving cream would react with water color paint.
The supplies were shaving cream, liquid water color, dropper, skewer stick, cardboard scraper, and white paper.
First, the children spread the shaving cream on the tray. Using the liquid dropper, they dropped different colors of the liquid water color.
The children used the skewer stick and mixed the colors. The children commented, "Look, it looks like a tornado!"
And then, they pressed the white paper lightly on the shaving cream and scraped out the excess shaving cream with the cardboard scraper.
The marbling came out so beautiful!! O said, "The colors are dancing!"
The children cut it in heart shape and used it for making a Valentine's Day card for mommy. I didn't have a chance to take a picture of it :(, but it came out lovely!
Last Thursday in art, we did a beautiful collage on a cardboard paper. The letter was the student's initial and using all the materials, she was free to explore them any way she wanted to decorate it. Here are the materials we used :
Cardboard (one for the cut-out letter, another one for the background)
hot glue gun
It sounds so many materials, but it was just what we had in our atelier. :)
It was amazing how 4 years old can come up with great taste of colors and arranging the materials!
Her color choices were pink, blue and yellow and she wanted to add little bit of white in all the colors to soften it.
Isn't it fun to look at? I love it!!
Last Thursday, we made the slime from scratch. We used skin friendly ingredients instead of the conventional ones (borax and detergent),
Our ingredients were simple.
Foam shaving cream
After we put all the ingredients, we started to mix them. It was fun to watch the mixture becomes thick and sticky, yet easy to take it off from the utensil and the bowl.
After we felt we mixed it evenly, we started to touch it with our hands and knead it. The children were excited about its stickiness, and as we kneaded more and more it became easy to take it off from the hands and started to become like very soft play dough consistency.
The children played with it for a while and they wanted to decorate with the googley eyes, pipe cleaners, and acorns.
The children loved the creative activity and made the ghost, slime monster,
and the smiling happy man!
One sunny winter day, we decided to bring our kites to the outdoor play time. It made our outdoor play more special and colorful!
Bubble wrap rolling pin is our one of the favorite art tools. The children created their own interpretation of impressionists' paintings. O chose Van Gogh's Starry Night and S chose Iris Scott's Arcadia (at first I thought it was Van Gogh's painting but later I found that it was different artist's work which seemed similar to Van Gogh's painting style).
I chose Van Gogh's paintings because I wanted the children to pay attention on how he used his brushstrokes to describe movements of moving clouds and swirly wind in the sky.
S (5yrs old) chose the day time scenery picture so she used blue and white, and O (4yrs old) chose night time scenery picture so he used blue and black for the background.
The children used the bubble wrap rolling pin to resemble the impressionists' brushstrokes which depicted bright, shiny light reflection in the scene, and I think it came out fantastically.
S was really careful about her choice of colors and positions of the flowers, and she was so surprised at her own work at the end. During the process, she asked a lot of questions about how to make that moving clouds and she really put effort to it.
O (4yrs old) used bold brushstrokes as Van Gogh did. He was very proud of his work as well. Although Van Gogh's moon in the original painting was yellow, he decided to go with white only because that's what he saw in the sky. From far away, Van Gogh's moon seemed like a full moon, but when they looked at it closely, they found the crescent moon inside the circle.
It was a fun exploration about the impressionism!
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