…what my Kindergarten artists will think, do, and feel when we work on this art process and product.
I am super hopeful …
- their big beautiful brains will be filled with ideas and wonder.
- they will jump in with confident hope.
- they will experience the joy and excitement I feel when I create art.
- they will know they are artists who can make decisions about their art.
These are my practice, and inspiration pieces.
After making the first piece, I tried another using the new stamp pads I bought for my Kindergarten artists. As I prepped the page, I wondered what it would look like if I added a piece of tape down the middle.
I like it, and am adding it as an option for my Kindergarten artists.
The boarders are created using frog tape. It creates a nice sharp edge, and even more importantly, can be removed without harming the paper. The circles are stamps created from some tubes one of the students brought in. I cut them on our bandsaw so I’d have enough to give each artist a small stamper and a large stamper.
My rules for the project will be:
- Everyone needs a boarder.
- Circles are colored with crayons.
- The background is filled with watercolor.
- Sign your work! (Which, by the way, involves many artistic decisions.)
My suggestions will be:
- Consider overlapping the circles and letting the circles extend beyond the boarder.
- Practice stamping on a scrap paper so you feel comfortable working on your piece.
My artists’ options and decisions will be:
- What colors will I make the circles?
- What color will I make the background?
- Will my background be one color, or many?
- Do I want a piece of tape to intersect my paper – creating two pieces?
- Where will I put that piece of tape? (The options are endless!)
My jobs will be many:
- To show the artists that unexpected things (tubes from shoes, painters tape) can be used to create art.
- To expose them to the idea of combining various mediums into one project.
- To encourage them to think.
- To empower them to make decisions about their art.
- To explain the rules … and the options.
- To enjoy my artists, their process, and their products.
- To document their process and work.
- To be open to their interpretation of the process.
- To be willing to allow them to modify the process … depending on their interpretation, desires, and/or needs.
All my jobs are important, but those last two, they are paramount.
If I want my students to know they are artists, and to actually BE artists, I need to give them the freedom and respect artists need, crave, and deserve. If I want them to learn to make decisions, problem solve, wonder, and create, I have to give them the space, empowerment, and opportunity to actually DO IT!
Great project! Hope you’ll share the results. Keep on inspiring!
Absolutely! Hope to post tonight or tomorrow. Thanks!