The Holiday Season is upon us. Unlike many program, I try not to focus on Santa at this time of year. Over my 40 years in education, I have explored many lessons during this season from world traditions to the life of reindeer. One of my favorite lesson focuses during this holiday season is to look at our individuality. This year we are going for Me, Myself and I: Looking at how we are the same and different from each other physically and emotionally.
Our first lesson is taking advantage of a big interest in painting this group has. I’ve adapted a lesson from Hands and Hearts that allowed us to continue to work with our colors, fine motor, following directions and learning a bit about artist Andy Warhol. More importantly we can begin to compare the differences between something we all have in common – our hands.
I offered a variety of painting tools to explore, our 3 primary paint colors and then a yellow/blue mix. Because I had poured out the colors earlier they had time to stand together and we were able to see the change occurring where they touched. Then even clearer as we mixed…..
The first step in building this project was to fully paint 4 precut pieces of paper – one color each. I placed initials on the back of the paper before painting, so there is no mix-up once dry.
This split tray works great for containing good amounts of different colors. I especially like that it’s easy to cover up sections before I want the children to have access to them.
Explored how paint works using regular chunky brushes, homemade sponge/clothespin brush and stamping sponges. One even decided to try her hands.
They did really good painting the whole paper and not just painting over and over and over in the same place.
So where does the Andy Warhol come into play?
We will use these 4 painted papers to make equal sized rectangles that will be glued onto another sheet of paper for our Warhol background. We will then add the common/familiar item into each rectangle.