Monday, December 15, 2014

The Kindergartener who Painted a Blue Horse

Many of our students in Kindergarten are familiar with the illustrations and stories of Eric Carle books. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?” are two examples of his popular stories. Eric Carle’s “The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse,” is the book we used as the inspiration for our latest project.

To make our collages, Kindergarten students painted a large piece of paper with two colors close to each other on the color wheel, such as red and orange, or blue and green. We used a very large brush and created designs with the brush strokes. When the paint dried, students traced and cut the shape of their favorite animal out of the paper.

To complete the project, we created a background for the animals on a separate piece of paper with a much smaller brush. The animals were then glued down over this background scene.  As we are learning with each of our projects in art class, our pictures can tell a story. We might have used Eric Carle's illustrations to inspire our artwork, but as you can see with this video, we each have a story to tell as well.

This video includes the all of the Kindergarten students of Ranney School. Make sure your sound is turned on to hear our voices. Enjoy!