Art Makes The Brain Smart!

Art is not only fun,

it is a critical part of the kindergarten curriculum!

Art raises scores in math and language arts.

Art strengthens critical brain processing capacities.

Art strengthens spatial reasoning and visual imagery skills.

Art strengthens auditory perception.

Art expands sequential memory development.

Art exercises both the long and short term memory.

Art builds oral language skills and strengthens vocabulary.

Art is a great assessment tool.

Art allows students to excel at their developmental level.

Art strengthens problem solving skills.

Art allows students a natural outlet for frustration and aggression.

Art allows students to feel a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Art provides opportunities for teamwork and collaboration.

Art builds the ability to make decisions.

Art provides opportunities to respect diversity.

Art allows opportunity to communicate nonverbally.

Art allows students to build intrinsic values.

Art builds bridges from culture to culture.

Art allows opportunity to think differently and expand imagination.

Art is fun!

Art Coach directs students to look closely at the positions and shapes of the Arctic Fox's body.

Adding Feathers and Spots to the Snowy Owl in Flight.

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I love this great song that includes a craft for each verse.

Here is some of my favorite resource books!

Guided Drawing Lesson of The Cat In a Hat

Enjoy Read Across American by doing a guided drawing lesson!


Follow these step by step instructions...

1.  Make a dot in the middle of the page.

2. Starting at the dot and make an oval below it.

3. Make a cat nose in the center of the face.

4. Make a fat cheek on the side of the face and bring it around to be the smile.

5. Make eyes out of a 9 and a 6.

6. Add pupils, eyebrows and whiskers.

7. Draw a cat ear.

8. Draw a brim going beyond the head.

9. Draw the back of the hat by shading below the brim, stopping at the head.

10. Draw a tall and crooked hat.

11. Draw a neck.

12 Draw a large or small bow.

13. Give him some fur on the side of his face and neck.

14. Color his hat anything but Red and White!

15. Sign your masterpiece.

16. Have an art show.

Skeleton & Mummy: An Easy Halloween Art Project

We read this great book by Steve Metzger. In this story there are two skeleton friends, one of whom dresses up like a mummy to scare his friend! Following the story, we had a guided drawing lesson making a skeleton and mummy. Supplies needed are a large sheet of black paper, white oil pastels (crayons), paint brush, and tempura paint. The instructions for this easy project follow.
Find the center of the paper and draw the hips.

Add a spine and a skull.

Add a shoulder bone. Draw the arm bones and hands.

Add the leg bones.

Add The Ribs.

Draw a second skeleton to the side of the first. And begin to wrap this skeleton using paint.

Keep a light touch with the brush and you slowly wrap and wrap and wrap.

Paint the eyes and add a mask if you wish.

Voila! You have the two friends, skeleton and mummy!

Kathleen and her students have  been getting a little bit of rain in Idaho, so it seemed like a perfect time to make a rainy day picture. Using two half-sheets of paper, students made kids carrying umbrellas. We started with triangle coats and rectangle arms. Students then designed their own umbrellas and handles. After adding boots, the kids painted raindrops - we used liquid waterpaint and long q-tips for the brushes.

This is a fun project whether the weather is rainy or not! For detailed directions and a portfolio page, check out our Spring unit.

Constructing at the Art Center

With more and more emphasis on academics, making time for construct projects can be  a challenge. Construct projects are not just fun or frivolous activities, however. They provide students with the opportunity to follow directions, strengthen hand and finger muscles, solve problems, review shapes, use math skills, and be creative.

Construct projects can increase student interest in any subject that you are studying. They provide opportunities to use language and  interact with classmates. Completing a project often gives students a feeling of accomplishment. Furthermore, if the finished projects are posted, students have a greater sense of belonging in the classroom.  

Most students enjoy construct projects. Whether making  an octopus, a pirate ship, a leprechaun, or an astronaut, they will eagerly tackle the latest project, many times remembering it as the favorite experience of the week!

The Wizard of Oz: A Class Musical

Integrate literature and music with this musical reader's theater of L. Frank Baum's classic "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". With song lyrics written by Baum himself, your children will have the opportunity to participate in an experience they'll never forget. This class musical/reader's theater contains everything that you will need, including background information, 2 script versions, sheet music for each song, and 2 mp3s for each song (one that has vocals to help the children learn the songs and one that is accompaniment only). 

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Building Visual Discrimination, Geometric Knowledge, & Nurturing Young Artists!

A great way to empower students to become independent artist, improve visual discrimination skills, and increase geometric knowledge is to make shape people! Yesterday we reviewed geometric shapes and drew people using those shapes in students' Math and Science Journals.

The Instructions: 

Draw a circle head, square body, rectangle arms, rectangle legs, oval shoes, circle hands, circle eyes, oval nose, oval ears, draw a mouth, and add hair!

Today we transferred that knowledge to a life-size model of ourselves.

The Instructions: 

Remember the people we made yesterday using shapes? Well today we are going to make us using shapes! (Have most of the shapes pre-cut adding with the visualization opportunities of putting pieces together.) I Had everything precut except for the hands. I taught them how to cut off the corners of a square to make a circle. The hair was torn into  small shapes to build hand muscle strength.