We have been busy preparing for our art show! Last week, we finished our collages. After we finished cutting up all the paper, we carefully placed glue on our pictures and covered our picture with small pieces of paper. We had to really concentrate on making sure that we only put glue inside of our picture. We chose what color(s) we wanted our collage to be and made sure that we covered the whole picture with the cut paper.
Once we finished with our collages, we got to work on our mosaics. Our mosaics are the same picture as our collage, but we are using different materials. First, we carefully traced our picture onto cardboard. Then we painted the background, trying our best to be careful not to paint over our picture. We had fun mixing sand into our paint; when the mixture dried, it gave our background a textured look. We could even feel and see the grains of sand!
After the paint dried, we got to work outlining our pictures. This makes it easier to tell what we made. We each got a choice of material for the outline: seashells, clear stones, or rocks. We were very careful to glue only around the outside of our picture. We also had to make sure that each piece that we glued down was touching the piece next to it, otherwise we would not have a clear outline.
While we were working hard on outlining our pictures, we also did a lot of sorting. Our mosaics are made with many different materials and we had to sort the materials by color before we could get started.
Once all of our materials were ready, we got to work filling in our pictures. All of this gluing, pinching materials, and placing them purposefully on our picture helps us to develop our fine motor and concentration skills. We are so excited for our art show on Wednesday so that our families can see our collages and mosaics!
We also learned about another kind of art: self-portraits. We learned that a self-portrait is a picture that an artist draws of him/herself. We each looked in the mirror, chose our color and started drawing. We noticed that the shape our head is round. We also looked at the features on our faces. We looked at our eyes and saw that we have two. Then we looked at the color and drew them toward the top of our face. Right below our eyes, we each have a nose and under that is a mouth. We also have two ears, one on each side of our head, and some friends noticed that right above each eye, there is an eyebrow. Once we drew all of our features, we glued yarn onto the top of our head for our hair. This activity helped us to develop our fine motor and observational skills as well as fostering language development (directional language: above, below, next to) and vocabulary.
Even though we were hard at work preparing for our art show, we were also able to enjoy experiencing and learning about winter. We had a lot of fun going outside and playing in the snow. We had fun making tracks in the snow and feeling how cold it was.
We also made a winter clothing graph. Morah asked us what winter clothes we brought to school that day. If we had a winter coat, we put a picture of a coat in the correct column. We did the same with a hat and gloves/mittens. When our graph was finished, we read it together. We could see by looking that the most children had brought a winter coat because it was the tallest column. After we made our predictions based on looking at the graph, we counted how many pictures were in each column. We learned that our predictions were correct: the most children had brought a winter coat, the next most brought a hat, and the least children had gloves or mittens.
We also did some fun activities with snowmen. We practiced our one to one correspondence by putting buttons on a snowman. We looked at the snowman’s hat to see what number buttons he needed. Then we carefully placed that number of buttons on the snowman. We also read a book called Snowballs where the characters built a whole snow family, including the family pets. We liked that idea so much that we decided we wanted to try. We had different size white circles to chose from, in addition to beads, q tips and other materials. First we practiced by building a snow cat together as a class. Then the next day, Morah put out the materials so that we could build our own snow person or animal.
We also had a lot of fun (and helped develop our fine motor and one to one correspondence skills) by putting beads onto snowflakes.
Finally, we were so excited to have a new friend join our class. Welcome, Claire!