My school was one of the very last in the state to end this year, so I am just now enjoying my second week of summer break. May was crazy. You know how it is... crazy-in-a-good-way. I did my best to focus all my energy on making every last day with my kinder-babies count! One of my favorite end-of-the-year activities is our...
These are some pics from our Vincent VanGogh introduction. Note that we like to keep our introductions engaging! On this day, our principal agreed to dress up like VanGogh! Notice his palette and straw hat with lit candles (Ok, ours are battery-powered!).
(These pictures are from our Mondrian day. We brought yellow, red and blue to life, didn't we! Hee! Don't I look good in a blue wig?! Ack! We extended the lesson with Mondrian inspired cookies before diving into creating our own Mondrian styled works!)
When we switch out the gallery displays and take down the prior month's art, I do NOT let the kids take home their art. I keep it until the end of the year because we hold our big "Kinder-Gallery Art Show." This is THE BEST! Not only do we take over the gym and turn it into a realistic art gallery; art matted and hung everywhere, clothed tables with fancy "champagne" glasses full of grape juice and "artsy" foods like grapes and cheese & crackers, and classical music filling the air.... but we also do something else that is extra-"techy"-special! In May, we break the kiddos into small groups based on their favorite artists and each group makes their own artist mini-movie on one of our iPads. The day of the show, we invite friends and family to our room (it's wall to wall, standing room only folks!) where we show the mini-movies...and then invite everyone to see our own master artist inspired art works at the show. The movies are AWESOME! I can not post them online, due to privacy issues. But it you are interested, email me and I will give you access to view them! :) I can walk you though what you need to know to create your own. You'll be amazed!
We began implementing this program during the 2011-2012 school year, just in my class. The first grade teacher saw how much the kids and parents LOVED the program...and we expanded it to include both kindergarten and first grade this past year. After seeing it in action, the third, forth, fifth and seventh grade teachers at my school have asked us to help create and implement the program in their rooms! I'm so excited!!! And actually.... SO blessed that my friend/assistant loves art as much as I do and is now spear-heading the program!
If you are interested to learning more about how to add a little art enrichment into your kinder-schedule, be sure to post a comment or email me! I would be happy to share our ideas, and resources with you! Below you will find a few pics from our Kinder-Gallery Show. Enjoy!
Piet Mondrian Inspired Art
Check out these Georgia O'Keefe kindergarten works! :)
POP ART inspired by Andy Warhol! These were a little freaky...but this kids LOVED them! They were SO different than anything else they had ever created before!
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