Elements of Art: Value

This week we focused on Value. I was a bit unsure of how this would go over with my little ones, they surprised me, however, with how well they grasped it. I showed them a value scale from dark to light with black to white and then let them experiment with watercolors. c has better fine motor skill than e, so he could easily make a decent value scale with the paint. Then we tried it with crayons too. For a project we cut out flower petals and made flowers out of the value scales we made with the watercolor and crayon. A great project that covered a couple mediums as well as cutting and gluing.

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Color Wheel Fun and some Texture too

For weeks four and five we covered the color wheel and texture. I wasn’t too ambitious with projects as there was too much going on in other areas…but we did somehow manage to mix up our primary colors to make the secondary colors. The boys loved this, what kid doesn’t like to have free reign to mix up paint? I just saw an idea for making a project for the color wheel here…but instead I am modifying it for our Value lesson. It is always exciting when a child connects something they learn in school outside of school. The Museum and Gallery here in downtown Greenville offers a “Homeschool Fridays” monthly event. It is just $3 a child for two hours of learning about...

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In the Beginning…

God created the heavens and the earth! Week four of Tapestry has us focusing on the creation of the world. So we are making a little book of each day of creation. We are using a combination of drawing and clip art. We’re having lots of practice using scissors this week!

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Line and Shape with young ones

Week Three of Tapestry encourages us to teach Line and Shape (from the Elements of Design). Coincidently, I was made aware of an awesome art lesson blog called Deep Space Sparkle. I really love her style and it is great for little ones! She happened to have two lessons on line and shape under her K-5 level. I keep a binder for each child with all their favorite art (or my favorite art!) they have done. So to add to their binder of art I made up two sheets of plain copy paper with the word Line and Shape written on the bottom. I introduced each element on a different day and we talked about different types of lines (dotted, straight, curvy, zig-zag, spiral, etc.) and they practiced on the open space. I did the same for shape using both organic and geometric...

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Valentines

Valentines

This week we’ve had fun making some valentines. Actually, we started last week because I thought Valentine’s Day was just this past Sunday! j was joking with me because we usually are late for birthday cards and anniversary cards, but I sure got those Valentine’s sent out on time! I wanted to share with you two links that I look to for ideas for kids and crafts. The first one is the Crafty Crow and the second one I just found is called Skip To My Lou. I have come across several ideas for this Valentine’s Day from these two blogs, including the “stained glass hearts” we made for our school room window! Enjoy all the cutting, gluing and...

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