Monday, April 18, 2016

PRE-KINDERGARTEN . . . Spring is here!

Painting by Josiah

Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso painted this sweet picture of hands holding a bouquet of flowers. With a few colors of paint, a small brush, and a couple of thin markers, Pre-Kindergarten artists created their own version of this famous bouquet.

We started off by tracing our hand on paper. Then we were each given a palette of tempera colors on a paper plate. We painted circles of color for the centers of four flowers. Using the brush, we painted lines around the centers just like you might around a sun. This gave us the same look as Picasso's flowers. We used markers to add stems, and as Picasso did in his painting, we added our signature at the bottom.

Here are a few more of our Spring bouquets! To see all of our flower paintings, follow this link to

Painting by Alex

Painting by Anaya

Painting by Brooklyn

Painting by Zac

Painting by Ayla

PRE-KINDERGARTEN . . . Bunnies popping up all over!

Bunny by Elle
Art in Pre-Kindergarten is all about experimenting with the materials and becoming more comfortable with the tools. Our bunny project gave us many different opportunities to discover how much fun art can be! We practiced our drawing skills as we drew very big bunnies on big paper. We outlined our bunnies in black crayon and then colored them in any way we wanted. The background landscapes were done on separate paper and painted. We drew a ground line and a sun or moon in the sky. Again, we were able to choose any colors of paint to fill in our ground and sky. We even learned how to wash our brushes as we changed colors too!

Here are a few more examples of our big bunnies popping up in our landscapes. To see all of our bunny scenes, follow this link to the Ranney home page of

Bunny by Vivienne

Bunny by Miles

Bunny by Shiven

Bunny by Andrew
Note to families...
This art blog will be updated regularly with new posts sharing our daily activities in the art room and news about upcoming art exhibits. To respect the privacy of our students, names will always be limited to first name only and identifiable photos will never be accompanied with a name. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to write in the comment box below or send me an email at I would love to hear from you!
    In my class, students are given the chance to explore different materials and fun new techniques as they develop their signature style. Some young artists love to draw with a pencil, some like to paint on canvas or create images in a digital format, while others prefer working with clay and molding three-dimensional forms. In my classroom, we use a variety of materials allowing all artists to experiment and figure out which type of art they like the best. At Ranney School, we place a strong emphasis on originality and celebrate artistic differences, always nurturing and encouraging the imagination of every student.
     Remember to check out our display of finished artwork and student portfolios in the Ranney home page of