Recently in Art 1st graders were introduced to the artist Piet Mondrian. We looked at and discussed his work. 1st graders learned about horizontal, vertical lines and how to put them together to create simple geometric shapes. We talked about visual balance and composition. Also we reviewed the primary colors red, yellow and blue.
Each 1st grader began with a square of white paper and cut and glued black strips of paper to create their own geometric composition using horizontal and vertical lines. The following art class 1st graders used primary colors to carefully paint in their shapes. At this point of the art project the children were to think about the balance between color and white.
Students enjoyed this design based art project.
This art lesson started off with looking at a map of the world. We looked at where we live in relation to where India is. Then as a class we discussed elephants and looked at the differences between African and Indian (or Asian) elephants. We looked at pictures and watched a video of painted Elephants at the Elephant Festival in Jaipur. Mahouts are the people who groom and decorate the elephants for the festival .The kindergarteners became Mahouts and then drew an Indian Elephant and used construction paper crayons to decorate their elephants.
This mixed media art lesson was rich with content and as usual the kindergarteners did an amazing job !
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