Sunday, May 11, 2014

Non-objective Paintings with 3rd

I love doing this painting project with 3rd grade at the end of the year. We mix a tint or shade on day one for the background using a cool color base. The next class we paint the concentric shapes with warm colors to create contrast. They always look so festive in the hallways.


If you only had one day for this project, drawing the concentric cirlces/shapes with a black oil pastel on that background looks really cool. I almost wanted them to leave them black and white!


We had some nice conversations about Kandinsky’s paintings. We discussed creating order out of chaos and how it can be hard to not “see things” in abstract/non-objective paintings. I was trying to get them to appreciate simply the elements of art…so we focused on line, shape, color and value for this project.

Kindergarten Clay Necklaces


Unfortunately I didn’t seem to get pics of the kids creating the beads. We used the textures from the bottom of our shoes on the pendant. To create the beads we rolled “spheres” and stuck them on a wooden kabob stick.


We painted with cool colors using tempera.



Then we dipped our fingers in gold paint to rub a golden finish on top of our textures.


Did I mention we get real messy with this project?


I just lay out a plate of cool colors for the paint…and store them in gallon size ziploc baggies for the next class.

The next class, we string them on “Twizteez” wire necklaces and plan a design using plastic beads.

Below are some fabulous kindergarten models.