The schedule for art classes has been a little inconsistent these past two weeks with our students on field trips. So, some classes have been able to try some other art supplies for some "quick" projects. I thought you'd like to know about some of the supplies.
1. Model Magic - a modeling clay that's light weight and air drys. Some of the first grade students have made owl sculptures with this medium. However, all first grade students will sculpt with it in January when they make penguins. Model Magic can be found wherever Crayola products are found.
2. Watercolor Pencils - these pencils look just like colored pencils except when a student is all done coloring their art work, they can add water with a paintbrush and it turns to watercolor paint. These are also made by Crayola, although easier to find in the Crayola section at craft stores.
3. Watercolor Crayons - very similar to the watecolor pencils, a student can color with these crayons, then add water with a brush and it turns to watercolor paint. This product is difficult to find in stores locally, but it can be ordered online with websites that sell art supplies (such as Blick or Sax).
For the month of November, the Kindergarten students are receiving a brief lesson about why the Plains Indians needed homes, called tepees, that could travel. They always are surprised to learn that it's because they followed the buffalo! The students are using common Native American symbols to decorate a tepee they are drawing. The students will complete their tepee with a painted landscape.
In First Grade:
During the month of October, our cartoon cows took a little longer that I planned, so we are working on our owls for the month of November. The students are reviewing paper collage that we learned about when we discussed children's book artist, Eric Carle. Then we are discussing what "mixed media" is (using lots of art materials in one art piece) and will finish with their own mixed media owls when we leave for Fall break.
When we met some of you learned the good news! We have added an Art Teacher, a Music Teacher and a Spanish Teacher to our staff here at the Primary Center. We share these talented teachers with the middle school in the afternoon, so they are only here part-time in the mornings. I'd like to welcome Ms. Kaczmarek to the Art team! Ms. Kaczmarek teaches the following classes; Ms. Danford's, Ms. Van Voorhees' and Ms. Hendren's first grades. Ms. Kazzy, (as she likes the students to call her), and I will be working closely together to make sure all our Art students have a full and complete learning experience this year. Mrs. Kaczmarek's E-mail can be found on the Teacher's Connection section of the middle school page.