Kindergarten artists enjoyed the book, A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. After discussing the illustrations in the book, students used tempera paints to create a background for their chameleon. The next day they glued their chameleon into place and began adding the colors that would make the best camouflage. Artists honed their fine motor skills by tearing the colored paper and gluing it to their chameleon like scales.
The first 6 weeks of art East's youngest artists focus on the basics of color. They learn to identify colors and mix the primary colors. The turtles below began with an idea from Ms. Pam, who runs our cafeteria. She asked if I could think of a use for the trays our fruit is delivered in. After a little trimming, they seemed like perfect turtle shells to me. We mixed blue and yellow paint to create green and added patterns to the shells with oil pastels.
One of the projects I teach every Fall is this Leaf Man collage. We go on a leaf hunt - walking around the neighborhood, and then we create Leaf Men, Leaf Women, Leaf Bats, Leaf Sharks etc. The students learn to identify and mimic basic shapes with a non-traditional art material.