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Re: kinders!


Date: Thu Aug 01 2002 - 21:12:07 PDT

1st day with kinders I show them the art room and read dr. seuss' "My Many
Colored Days". Then we talk about what the book means. There are usually a
couple of students in each class who get that the colors mean emotions.
Their first kindergarten art assignment is to draw a self-portrait (a picture
of yourself) about how they feel on the first day of kindergarten. Happy,
scared, sad, excited, etc. They do this drawing on their portfolio cover.
Then the get to explore the art room and choose from three free activities:
free draw, playing with blocks or looking at art books.

2nd art class with kinders. I will read some book having to do with the
color blue. Can't remember one at this moment. During this lesson I
introduce painting to them. We talk about how we use the brush, where I our
paintings go when we are finished, how we clean up, etc. And we do a "blue

3rd art class with kinders. I usually read a book called "Little Blue,
Little Yellow" (I know most of you know this book) and we do a painting
lesson where the students get blue and yellow paint. In this lesson we talk
about using a mixing tray to mix colors. Not mixing on the paper, etc.

The 4th lesson with kinders, I we usually have a discussion about the colors
red and blue. I make a vinn (is that correct?) diagram (you know with the 2
overlapping circles). We list things that are blue, things that are red, and
things that are both.....and we talk about the color purple. Then the
students get blue and red paint.

5th lesson with guessed it.....I have several different
lessons for mixing yellow and red. I also start observation painting with
this lesson. Sometimes I will put out pumpkins or we might do leaves...etc.

6th art lesson with kinders and last painting lesson (for a while) I read a
story called "The Great Blueness and Other Predicaments" This books
introduces the primary colors and color mixing. I put out all three primary
colors and we do a painting.

So that gets me through the end of September, beginning of October. Hope
that helps!!! I am luck in that the kindergarten classroom teachers spend
the first month mixing colors as part of their science curriculum. So I
don't have to introduce each color individually. I spend a lot of time on
vocabulary, primary colors, and what they are, secondary colors, and what
they are.