Week of May 15
We had another very creative week in Room Five! Our focus was on the artist Pablo Picasso. We read Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! and the children learned about how Picasso was a pioneer in the world of Modern Art. The book told about how Picasso didn’t paint the way other people thought he should, and introduced the children to Cubism, which we explained as an image that is created as if the artist is looking at it from different angles at the same time, resulting in an effect that almost makes the image look as if it is divided into squares. We looked at many examples of Picasso’s Cubist portraits and the children created their own by combining cutting, tracing, coloring, and collaging. The results are really interesting. The children loved this project. It was certainly different than anything else we have ever created. Reading about Picasso’s life also reinforced the idea that people should feel free to create in ways that feel “right” to them, and not worry about others’ opinions of their art. We also read the book Ooooh, Picasso! and learned that Picasso was a sculpture as well as a painter, and read Look! Look! Look! At Sculpture and explored other forms of sculpture. Mrs. Ward and I brought in a variety of sculptures from our homes for the children to experience. The children used wooden shapes and glue to create their own sculptures.
As an addition to our Art and Artist unit this year, we acquired a wooden tabletop loom for the children to use (thank you, Mrs. Chase, for granting this last-minute wish!!). The children are hard at work on a cooperative weaving project. Hopefully we will be able to display it at our Art Show.
We embraced this week’s record-breaking heat by making tissue paper collage suncatchers to hang in our windows. The heat kept us indoors a bit more than we are used to, but we survived. Please make sure that you apply sunscreen to your child before dropping her/him off at school. We only apply sunscreen after Rest Time before we head out for our afternoon outdoor time.
Many thanks to all who have sent in their Heritage Questionnaires and pages. The children love “being in the spotlight” and sharing them with their classmates. We have learned a lot about one another. If you haven’t had a chance to send in your page yet, please send it in as soon as possible.
COMING UP: . . . Digraph CH . . . Georgia O’Keeffe . . . Vincent Van Gogh . . . landscape art . . .