Anyone can draw a flower. But do
you really know what a specific flower looks like? Try this for yourself.
Draw a flower by looking
at a real blossom and let your eyes caress the shapes to see what new
information you can discover. Don't be limited by what you "think" a
flower "should" look like. See the bloom for the very first
time through art, just as your children are seeing flowers. In Kindergarten
we smelled, touched, examined, grew and even tasted flowers. We looked
at artists' renderings of flowers, critiqued art,
flowers, learned about their life cycle, and discussed flowers as symbols
which punctuate as well as augment celebrations and are essential to
our existence, both for mental and physical health.
When learning a complex discipline like art, many learning instances
are needed. Learning art is a bit like looking a strange landscape. It
is easy to make mistakes about it if we only look from one direction.
Only by walking through the landscape, and seeing it from many perspectives
can it be understood. Much of what we learn in art is learned during
the process of making art. We have to walk through it many times to understand
Many think the final product is the reason for
making art. Even most professional artists are not as interested in
the final outcome as they
are in what they can learn during the process. The process is a search,
an experiment, and a quest. These are some of the questions to ask yourself
in order to become aware of what you are learning during this art making
process. Artists answer these questions for themselves by trying various
options until they cannot think of any other ways. How can I communicate
1. How can I communicate my values, feelings visually?
2. How can I make this say something about who I am?
3. How can I learn new skills or how I achieve mastery of older skills?
4. How will this work help me learn to help others learn art (how to
In our first attempt at colour mixing, we examined
both the medium of oil pastels and the shapes of flowers.
obscure reason, many aspiring artists avoid chalk
pastels. But, we find the messiness is an advantage!
Water Lily Art
Flowers can grow in water? How are they anchored? Don't
with the flow” and enjoy the art!
Crying Flowers Art
To see a project that is mature and detailed beyond
the years of our students, based on a story
told by Jeff Stockton, look inside and
be amazed by the quality of art.
Abstract Art .
is art that is not an accurate representation of a form nor object.
The artist takes the object and then either simplifies
it or exaggerates it using these things.
Flower Petal Art
Miss Roth led us to relook at flowers
through smell, touch,
and carefully examinination. We took
them apart to notice what we could not otherwise see.
area of focus in our “Flower
Power” inquiry is based on the Narcissus. The
flower is named after Narcissus in Greek legend (see the full
legend under Jeff Stockton).
Nearly 30 years after
Picasso's death, his art still shocks and challenges the public.
The Grade One's taught us about Picasso' cubism style and we explore
portraits in a new way with their leadership.
Audrey Mabee Art
In exploring Audrey Mabee's style of
minimal figure art, we used the bare
minimum of marks to
of a human figure. What contrast to our Narcissis flower portraits!
Acrylic Flower Art
We were lucky to
have Chester Lees teach both painting techniques like brush strokes,
rather than drawing with
it, as well as the art of painting with acrylics. Prepare
to be amazed, sit down, now you are ready for inspiration...
Negative Space Fish Art
Turn that frown
upside-down and don't be so Negative! Negative Space that is!
When Audrey Mabee
to volunteer with
continued to explore the concept of negative space by creating
fish art with watercolours.
Eric Carle Art
We all love the art from the Eric Carle stories that
we read and treasure. But how does he create these wonderful images?
And what would it look like if we attempted to make such art in
our Kindergarten classroom? "Click" on to see the results.
Annora Brown Art
Do you think you can scratch a picture? It may sound crazy but that
is just what we did to explore the art of Annora Brown. Enjoy the product
of our final art exploration in Kindergarten.