Cornerstone First Grades
For Valentine's Day the first grade artists made silly valentine
hats. We used many <bold>art words</bold> for these
<bold>overlap</bold>, <bold>contrast</bold>, <bold>detail </bold>and
Growing plants is part of the first grade curriculum. Pussy willows
were studied in March. "How does the winter cold and spring warmth
affect the plants? What protects the "catkins" from the weather?
What "art words" do we notice on the stems?" We drew this <bold>still
life </bold>using craypas, a new material to most first graders. Last
month we noted how the pussy willows had changed from a month and a
half earlier. Now the pussy willows have roots and are ready for
planting in the school yard so that we can observe them throughout the
Our next art lesson was also integrated with science. The students
learned about the makeup of clay and made pinch pots with
<bold>patterns</bold> pressed onto the edge. The classroom teachers
helped the students start plants in their pots and they should be home
Some classes learned about the artist Piet Mondrian. He used
<bold>color</bold>, <bold>shape</bold>, <bold>line and</bold>
<bold>contrast </bold>to create modern, bold patterns that reminded us
of city streets. We also reviewed <bold>primary colors</bold> which
we learned about in February and the words <bold>horizontal and
vertical. </bold>We studied about <bold>landscapes</bold> and
<bold>seascapes</bold>. The children made landscapes with reflections
using a chalk printing technique.
After our March ice storm, we concentrated on "Thinking Spring" by
making flower collages. Some classes cut flower pictures from seed
catalogs and made a spring <bold>landscape</bold>.
The children learned about Georgia O'Keeffe. This artist wanted us to
slow down and "smell the flowers." We saw slides of Hawaiian flowers
to help get in the mood. The students' vibrant, fluorescent paintings
were done from a bee's eye view and we discussed the importance that
bees play in plant reproduction. To reinforce the botany lesson, we
talked about what makes plants grow. The students created pictures
showing the plants above ground as well as below.
For Mother's Day we made gifts in clay. These haven't been sent home
yet so Moms...be surprised!
Louise P. Lutton