SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2008

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Early Childhood Studio Lesson Daheen, kindergarten. Colorful Kindergarten Mice Byrna Bobick and Elizabeth Wheeler D eveloping kindergarten lessons can be very challenging, especially at the beginning of the school year when many students are just learning to cut paper and hold crayons. My new favorite beginning unit of the year is "mice paintings," a practical introduction to drawing, color theory, and painting. This unit also incorporates children's literature by using the story Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh to introduce color theory. Students learn about different kinds of lines and ways to use them in their artwork and practice painting and cutting skills. This lesson provides an outstanding foundation for a successful year in art. 44 schoolartsonline.com Defining Lines Choosing Colors The first class begins with a discusOn the second day of class, begin by sion of different types of lines, which reading the book, Mouse Paint, aloud. includes questions such as: What is This book offers a fun way to introaline?Where duce primary and do you see lines Mouse paintings provide an secondary colors around the classopportunity for kindergarten as well as color room?Whatkinds mixing. Students students to experiment with enjoy hearing of lines do you various art materials and see on your clothabout the advenvarious elements of art. ingorshoes?As tures of three students identify white mice who a variety of lines, draw examples of fall into various paint puddles while them on the board (straight, curved, hiding from a gray cat. wiggly, diagonal, zigzag, etc.). StuAfter reading the story, review dents next draw a simple step-by-step primaryandsecondarycolors.Have mouse with permanent markers on a students color their mouse drawings 12 x 18" piece of paper. from the previous class using primary and secondary color oil pastels. While students are coloring, talk to them

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