Friday, June 27, 2014

Frida Kahlo Would Have Loved Instagram

Artist Frida Kahlo would have loved setting the contrast high and using bright filters to create daily selfies according to her mood and emotional struggles.

One of my kids wanted to re-read Frida with Frida!

July 6th is Frida's birthday. What would she do today? Read Frida with your Littles and then do something Frida would do: paint, draw, or Instagram a selfie! 

Frida Kahlo is a great artist to introduce to kids with the age-appropriate help of picture book Frida written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Ana Juan. The story is faithful to her eventful life and passes on an important message about working through challenges--Frida painted when she was sick, injured, or upset.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Another Reason I Love Washable Stamp Pads

On their last day of art Pre-K made a giant rainbow to create hallway decoration for the summer. Two students at a time helped create an arc of color by pressing their fingers and eventually hands and entire arms (who could resist?) on washable stamp pads and then onto large, white paper.

Pre-Kindergarteners had so much fun making a
collaborative rainbow on their last day of art!

I've talked about my favorite stamp pads before. They are worth the investment especially when you "re-ink" them using washable liquid watercolors like I did. I squirt a few lines of liquid watercolor on the dried-out stamp pads and then use a sponge roller to even out and distribute the color. Once you see the efficient and cost-friendly results of re-inking with liquid watercolors you will understand why I love washable stamp pads!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Saying Goodbye at the End of the Year

Tissues were a necessity as I wrote my spring progress reports this year. Unlike homeroom teachers who create a sense of family with their students over one school year, as a specialist I see students for short periods of time over several years. There are great moments of empathy and community in the art room and it is hard to say goodbye once my students move on. Memories of certain kids will stay with me for a long time.

Twisted black tissue paper for chimney smoke, a cut paper vegetable garden,
tissue paper flowers, kids' self portraits looking out of the window,
and a mailbox made the Kindergarten House complete!
Remembering one boy's frequent struggles back in Kindergarten I realize that he is still not an "art kid," but his confidence and comfort with taking creative risks has grown. His entire grade transformed a giant cardboard box into a house for the school art show that year. Angrily twisting a piece of black tissue paper, he said "I can't do it. I can't do anything." I remember seeing him, if only momentarily, light up when I attached his twisted paper as smoke from the chimney.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Artist Zaria Forman Shares 1st Grade Collaboration on Facebook

A highlight of the school year was when artist Zaria Forman agreed to have a digital interview with my 1st graders. In January we started this project and, despite her growing success and busy schedule, Forman made time to connect with my students by answering their interview questions. She recently shared about this experience on Facebook! I love how Forman's followers liked and shared the story and appreciated my students' artwork! Check it out, like it, and follow artist Zaria Forman and Say Things With Color on Facebook!

The professional arts meets art education
Is there a living famous person you or your kids always wanted to meet? A favorite author, director, or poet?
Write them a letter or email and see if they respond. Maybe you will be pleasantly surprised!

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Weekly Posts are Moving to Friday!

Say Things With Color's weekly posts are moving to Friday!

Check back for more art-inspired activities, materials, projects, good reads, and mindful musings!

QUESTION: What art activities are your young ones looking forward to this summer? 

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