Although, I truly enjoyed every moment of Fall Break, the month of December is one of my favorites in the Art room! This is the time of year when I introduce animation to the students. I use Mickey Mouse and his creator, Walt Disney as a starting point of our discussion and lessons as I know "Disney" is something near and dear to our children. We will learn that "Disney" is not a "place", but Walt Disney was a person....a very creative person! Both grade levels will complete a Hidden Mickey project. The Kindergarten students will do theirs with watercolor paint and the First Grade students will create theirs with tempera paint, while learning about "tint and shade". (Tint is when you add white to paint, and shade is when you add black.)
The schedule for art classes was a little inconsistant during November with our students on field trips. So, some classes were able to try some other art supplies for some "quick" projects. I thought you'd like to know about some of the art materials.
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).
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.