I have a really smart Kindergarten class this year. They are well-behaved and fabulous artists. So a couple of Fridays ago, they were all caught up on their art projects and I decided to do a "free paint" day. However, they still need some guidance with free paint due to the fact that most free paintings I see entail a rainbow and a badly painted name. Sorry, that may sound mean...but I was a painting major and I can't stand seeing a "painted name"...it's the equivalent to nails on a chalkboard. (Sorry van Gogh!)
Anyway! I decided to reference an artist we have already studied, Kandinsky. I showed his concentric circles painting and demonstrated how to trace a lid to create at least 5 circles.
I then demonstrated how to outline the circles with black paint and echo circles inside.
(which was a cool little op art project in itself...black spirals everywhere on the paper looked awesome!) ....
I set out trays of tempera paint...a little watered down, which is my new favorite way to make their paintings better...water down the tempera...a lot! Who knew?
We had cool colors + black....I briefly talked about "Cool Colors"...we will get into Color Families later in Kindergarten.
Aren't these so bold and awesome?!