My job is so cool.  Parents- your kids are great.  Kids-you rock!
Last week/this week (depending on the class) we started color studies.  First grade classes and MAP classes are learning about primary and secondary colors.  Students look at individual color wheels while we discuss which colors are primary and secondary and what colors are made when mixing colors.  Then, students were shown non-objective paintings w/ primary colors by Modrian and non-objective paintings using primary and secondary colors by Kandinsky.  A non-objective painting is a painting that is not of an object- only lines and colors are used.  Then, we play a game as table-teams.  I hold up a color and, as a team, each table has to discuss what two primary colors create the secondary color I am holding up.  Then, they have to hold up those colors when I say to.  Everyone did a great job.  Finally, we began work on our non-objective paintings.  We started today by filling up a large piece of paper w/ lines and spaces.  Next week we will paint the spaces between the lines with primary and secondary colors to create non-objective paintings.  This week we listened to the song, "Secondary Samba" by Greg Percy.
     Second graders learned about color mixing last year, so this year we reviewed to make sure they remembered what primary and secondary colors were as well as how to mix.  Then, we learned about complementary colors.  A complementary color is the color that is opposite another color on the color wheel (red and green, blue and orange, purple and yellow).  They are called complementary because they compliment each other by making the other color look more colorful.  We played a game where each student had a pack of 6 color strips and a color wheel.  I would hold up a color and each student had to hold up the color strip that was the complementary color of the color I was holding up.  We also tried it with our eyes shut!  Everyone has done great so far!  Then, we looked at famous still-life paintings of fruit and vegetables by Picasso, Cezanne and Klee.  We talked about still life's and also why it's important to eat fruits and vegetables that are all different colors.  Then, students started their complementary color still life drawings.  There were six different stations around the room and students went to the purple/yellow, resd/green and orange/blue stations and drew the still life there.  Next week will will paint our compositons in complementary colors!
During this lesson we listened to the song, "C
    

 


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Tonya Saragoza
10/07/2008 13:24

I really enjoy reading about what the kids are doing in art each week! I am impressed with the depth of your curriculum. Great work!

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