Thursday, May 3, 2012

Straight Line Prints

Kindergarteners dove into this project with glee!! I pretty much followed the plans I wrote about in my last post here. Since we were using pages from a phone book I brought in an old telephone book and asked the kids if they knew what it was. Try that sometime!! One child in each class knew!! My guess is that phone books are quickly going to be a thing of the past!!!

Anyway, here are some of our results -- I really like the variety in the way kids applied their lines. Some were tentative, some were brave, but they all turned out GREAT!! The one thing I did differently on day #2 was to have the kids apply color with oil pastels instead of crayon to get a bit more vibrant color.

I love the tumbling block feeling of the one one the right!!
The little boy who did the one one the right thought long and hard about the placement of his lines. It was the only one that turned out with such deliberately planned asymmetry. So cool!!
I just love the movement created by all the black line prints. I would do this lesson again in a nanosecond. It reinforced cutting and gluing skills as well as geometry that kids are doing in math. It was all done in one 45 min. period with time to read Mouse Shapes, too, and I am crazy about the abstact results!!

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  1. Oh my gosh, Christie, I absolutely LOVE this! The results are very sophisticated looking!!! Frame them and hang them in a modern home!

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    1. That was my thought, too!! The kids did the printing process with the black paint so quickly that I didn't see most of the finished art until they were bringing it back to the drying racks. I can't tell you how excited I was!!!!

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  2. How wonderful Christie; each piece entirely unique! Love the repetition of printed lines.

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  3. This project proves that kindergarten students are fantastic artists.
    The lines are strong and with a purpose.
    I love the phone book idea.

    Awesome results.

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    1. You described them to a T!! Most were pretty fearless and all definitely worked with a purpose!:))

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  4. So COOL (sorry I'm not much of a critic... I love everything you do here it appears...)! I'm just amazed at what you get these little children to do too.

    It's crazy that the kids don't know what phone books are. I'm going to test my son when he comes in. :)

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    1. Sometimes I'm a little amazed at what they can do, too!!!!

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  5. these are great, I love the bold look of the black lines.

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  6. I could see some connection with Mondrian in this. I love to connect art history with the work.

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  7. They tell me so far I only have 14 students in my kindergarten art class.. Think of the possibilities! I am definitely keeping and pinning this one to add to my K Shapes and Lines unit: http://www.theartofed.com/2011/12/27/you-can-do-observational-drawing-in-kindergarten/
    These would go well together with this project.
    Thanks!

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  8. Christie, I'm soon happy you sent me this lesson! It looks fantastic, and something I haven't seen before too:) I hope to use it and I think I'll share the artist Mondrian with it. His name jumped at me when I looked at your first example. THANK YOU!

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    1. Great!! Hope you and your kiddos have fun with it!!

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