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Leaf painting

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Kindergarten students explored using warm colors to paint leaves this autumn.

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Using yellow, orange and red, students employed a cotton swab to begin making dots of color.

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Students focused on eye and hand coordination as they worked to fill their leaf shape with dots of color.

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Everyone enjoyed the painting process.

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Painting engages the whole student in the learning process as they learn to mix and place colors together for a new effect.

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The kindergarten students really enjoy painting and were very proud of their work!

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Here is an example of their work!

Drawing with yarn

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In the process of learning to create contour and continuous lines, third grade students worked with yarn recently.

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Using yarn like a pencil, students drew around many shapes in the art room.

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This session required the students to focus and concentrate as they used their hands and eyes to create a shape.

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The line in a continuous line drawing is unbroken from the beginning to the end. The line stays uninterrupted during the entire length of the drawing.

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As an exercise, continuous line drawing forces the students to closely observe the perceived lines of the subject.

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This art exercise really challenged the third grade students as they built their motor and visual skills through this process.

Leaf collage

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Kindergarten students recently learned to create a leaf collage.

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Students cut out leaf shapes with scissors.

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This required much concentration as everyone had to focus on the shape of the leaf.

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Everyone enjoyed developing scissor skills.

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The final step was to add a small amount of glue to their leaves as they created the collage.

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Here are some examples of their work.

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Shape monsters

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First grade students have been using basic shapes to create monsters.

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The first step was to cut out the shape monster body.

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Everyone had to concentrate as they cut out their shapes.

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The next step was to glue down the body.

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Students learned to control the flow of glue to small drops.

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The final step was to add details to their monster such as eyes, nose and mouth.

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Everyone enjoyed creating their shape monsters.

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Here are some examples of the students’ work.

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Drawing

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First grade students continued with their figure drawing unit as they drew with markers recently.

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First graders continued to built their drawing skills.

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Everyone enjoyed using the marker as the new drawing medium this art session.

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This project required dedication from the students as they worked to build their skills.

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It was fun to watch the students’ drawing develop over each drawing session.

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First graders enjoyed the drawing process even though it required hard work and focus.

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Here are a couple of examples of the students’ work:

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Lines

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Kindergarten students recently explored painting lines with ink.

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Students explored creating various types of lines with a brush.

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This required everyone to focus on brush control as they learned to repeat several types of lines in a pattern.

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Kindergarten students enjoyed the first part of this project as they developed brush control skills with these various types of lines in ink.

Exploring clay

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLearning to use clay is always a fun and enjoyable project for the kindergarten and first grade students.

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This is a great project to build students’ motor control as they learn to use their hands as an artistic tool.

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Students learn many new techniques as well as build upon skills they will use all year in art class.

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Students learned how to divide their clay into even parts as they created coils for building other clay objects.

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Learning to create a sphere is also a difficult task since it requires the students to use their hands in new ways they may not be accustomed to doing.

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Students also explored braiding their clay coils together.

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These new skills will be revisited during the school year for students to increase their skill, knowledge and technique in this media of clay.

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It is also a fun project that everyone loves at the beginning of the year!