This week I am halfway through the first quarter of school, and I think our lessons and projects are working out as well as I had hoped! Kindergarten seems younger than last year 😉 but after a guided drawing of a line and pattern turtle and their own created shape-robot, I think I have a pretty good idea of where they are starting. I think my color wheel snail went over big with this set: lots of tactile involvement, and those secondary colors just appeared like magic out of the Model Magic as they squeezed primaries together! Love that stuff!
First and second grades have been quite enthusiastic about art! Their line/pattern animal was actually a teddy bear, and turned out really well. Better than most of the third and fourth grade cats; the cats were apparently more complicated than I realized. Most of first/second caught on pretty well to countour drawing with the leaf, too. By the time they had to translate it to their chalk pastel project, they were seeing all kinds of detail. This worked well, looked dramatic, and appealed to the whole group.
Third through sixth have been learning about drawing contours, too, and have begun still lifes. I hope to have those up at Artsonia in a week or two. All artwork are teacher samples for the students.