I am sharing my homework with you today. For way to many hours, I have been struggling with formatting a word document. It's just not my gift :-) and I am happy to own that. I decided to blog about my homework because the format is so much easier for me to use and well way more beautiful to look at.
As I have mentioned recently, Melanie and I have been doing a Montessori course in the Arts for the last six weeks. Our final big assignment was to put together a unit on an Artist for our children to learn about. My artist study is on Wassily Kandinsky. I will post about Melanie's tomorrow!
To start things off with the children I always love to read books about or based on the artist. The Noisy Paint Box takes care of that beautifully. The story is about Vasya Kandinsky a Russian boy learning about all things academic except his one true love, art. One day his aunt gives him a small paint box and so the adventure and the story begin for Vasya! It is a beautifully written and illustrated book by Barb Rosenstock.
Montessori Printshop . It is a very small investment for such important work. I really appreciate that I can buy a PDF to print and make new cards when these ones get tired. There is also a a wonderful tutorial here on how to make the pouch that holds the cards. I did make a pouch from the tutorial and it works well enough but, I will likely make a new one out of fabric when this one need replacing. I think fabric will hold up much better be inviting to touch.
Some other ideas I have found and want to implement are 3D picture making with circles using recycled materials. This could be a large class project as a stand alone piece of art for the classroom. We may do this at our Art camp this Summer. I am thinking really big on this project. Sky is the limit right?!!
|Finger painting the Colour Spectrum in a Circular design. This would be brilliant as an independent project on the art shelf with small pots of finger paint or water colour paint. You could even do it on a round paper plate.|
|I envision this piece done with both pastels and water colour paint. It could be more structured with the use of the circle metal inset or very free form.|
|Wouldn't this be brilliant as weaving work?! You could use streamers, yarn, roving and ribbon or all of them.|
|Construction paper Circle. This would be brilliant as paper cutting and gluing work and then it could be made into a card.|
|I love the idea of collaging with various colours and shades of tissue paper.|
|Tracing circles. Metal insets anyone? The addition of chalk pastels, oil pastels or water colour paint would make this stunning. Not to mention that you could really define the dark out line of the circles.|
|I like the idea of blowing dark brown paint on the paper with a straw to form the tree and have the children glue or paint circles on the branches. The circles could be from pin pushing work and used for the gluing portion of this project.|
|More circles, I know... but I love the contrast of the black card stock that frames this piece, I envision this as cutting work or pin pushing and gluing.|