Sunday, April 27, 2014

How to Collage a Hummingbird (with Downloadable Instructions)

My Kindergarten artists loved making
hummingbirds by cutting and
arranging simple shapes.
In Kindergarten art, we read Little Green by Keith Baker. See one of our first activities we did after we read this lovely, spring picture book. 

You and your Littles can make your own "Little Greens" at home or in your classroom. Start with these free downloadable instructions, green paper, scissors, glue, and other drawing or collage materials of your choice. 

Download These Instructions

Comment below or email and let me know if you try this project, or one of these other spring-themed projects with your kids!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Favorite Spring Picture Book

Keith Baker's Little Green is at top of my list for favorite seasonal picture books. Rhyming words tell how a ruby-throated hummingbird flies through the air. Meanwhile a little artist has been watching Little Green and painting how he "flew and flew." Grab a blanket and read this with your kids in the open, spring air. Afterwards, pretend you are all Little Greens and draw with sidewalk chalk how you fly. Take turns walking and "flying" each other's paths! 

Also, see how you can make your own "Little Green" Hummingbird collage!

Your Littles will love drawing a line for they would fly as hummingbirds!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Zaria Forman - Artist Inspiration and Student Interview

The Inspiration

Artist Zaria Forman's large, realistic, chalk pastel drawings of Greenland were the inspiration for a winter landscape project.

I first came across her incredible work on Colossal's blog. I was so excited to share with my 1st graders a living, local, young, female artist who is enjoying enormous popular success. After starting the project, on a whim, I contacted Ms. Forman and asked if she'd be willing to answer some interview questions from my young artists. Ms. Forman graciously accepted and also included some behind-the-scenes progress shots! You can learn about the project and read the interview below.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

How to Make Egg Tempera Paint in Your Classroom

Making paint is a fantastic early childhood experience. I wanted to reuse egg "innards" from the blown eggs that 4th grade made in the art room next door. Kindergarten just studied Dr. Seuss, read Green Eggs and Ham in their classrooms, and tried scrambled eggs so that ship had sailed. Making food art with eggs wasn't a good match. Finally, I thought...EGG TEMPERA!

Consider what experiences you want your kids to gain. 
I wanted all of my students to 

~ choose colors
~ hammer chalk pastels
~ mix the binder and pigment
~ use the paints they created