Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cairns Installation Inspired by Thea Alvin and Andy Goldsworthy

After Kindergarten practiced stacking stones and painted their collected stones, we finally had decent weather to go outside and install cairns in the woods behind our school. I was so glad we could do this before winter break! The kids worked in small groups to stack their painted stones along a pathway by the creek. 

Some of my favorite quotes from this experience...
I love how their painted rocks match their candy colored coats and boots.
I'm playing with rocks!
Try it again so it doesn't fall. 
Kindergarten "rocks!" 
 In this art and science project I introduced the stone work of artists Andy Goldsworthy and Thea Alvin. In addition to showing Kindergarten images from this great book I also showed them stone works from Andy Goldsworthy's digital catalogue where you can browse by year, form, material, or place.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Teaching Compassion for Animals Through Art

This month my school is working with a local non-profit called 22Reasons. The founding member of 22Reasons, Gigi Glendinning, presented the students and taught them about the plight of wild elephants in Kenya and orangutans in Borneo and the compassionate humans who help them. 1st and 4th grade are working on art projects inspired by these animals. 1st grade learned about baby elephants who were orphaned because of poaching and were taken in at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

1st graders "adopted" six orphan baby elephants and made sculptures of them. They are not done yet, but check out their progress!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Kindergarten Rocks: Nature's Building Blocks

Stones arranged with "cairn"

Looking for a way to create with natural items? Look no more! 

Kindergarten takes seasonal walks through the woods behind our school. They collected flat, wide rocks on their Fall walk for an art and science project inspired by stone cairns. A cairn is a stack of stones built as a marker of new territory or pathway. Kindergarteners practiced stacking their stones in art class and learned about gravity, stability, and balance in science class. We painted our stones to make them stand out and will be installing them in the hiking trail behind our school soon. Check out how much fun Kindergarten had practicing with nature's building blocks: rocks!