First grade students learned about non-objective art. This is art that is not of objects (objects=dog, person, landscape, etc.). We studied some paintings of Modrian and Kandinsky and then students began their own non-objective artworks by drawing shapes and lines (no objects!) on a large piece of paper. This week, students began painting within the areas of their non-objective artworks. They are mixing secondary colors and painting with primary and secondary colors.
Second grade students also spent some time relearning how to use a color wheel. Then, they did some complementary color exercises. They learned about Japanese Childrens Day (which is in May-no time soon) and the carp flags, or Koi Nobori, that are made for this celebration. Carp are admired for their ability to swim upstream and not stop swimming even if the process is difficult or if obstacles are in their way. Japanese parents want their children to be like the carp, so that is why the carp, or koi, is the symbol for children's day. The students created a koi nobori of their own by folding, cutting and drawing. This week they started painting their carp flags. One side must be painted using only complementary colors. The other side can be painted any way they like. Most students practice mixing many colors for their free side.
Paddock students seriously love painting! They say that color mixing is, "like magic". Please take the time to quiz your student on color mixing (primary and secondary colors). You might learn something, too!