I’m back in the art room-my happy place-with three classes of adorable Kinders. As I suggested back in my post “First Day of Art Class” I started the year with a Painted Paper project. My Kinder teachers asked me if I could do an art lesson that would tie into their literature unit, Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See? Of course, I said! I spent some time thinking up a project that would be beneficial to the little Kinders and feel I have a good one. We will finish next week so I will post the process then and will probably offer the full lesson in an art booklet in the near future.
We read Art by Patrick McDonnell to introduce the children to art class and they LOVED it. It’s a perfect book for little ones, especially Kinders. The story is simple yet interactive. Because my first lesson involved painting paper for Bill Martin’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear book, the illustrations were a perfect primer for the techniques that my Kinders would later do. Splatter, Zigs and Zags, Splotches with Blotches…how perfect is that? Despite the energy of the prose, the illustrations are light watercolors offering a tranquil balance that was a little unexpected.
If you are searching for a read-aloud book to introduce the joy of creating art, I think Art is as perfect a book as you can get.
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