In this project the children learned that a silhouette is created when a scene is back-lit by such a strong light that everything in the foreground is completely darkened to one consistent color. First the children painted an abstract yellow and orange background that is bright and burning. Next simple building shapes were added plus details such a chimney smoke and birds. Finally pre-cut squares were added for windows in apartments where people are at home. Color balance of the windows was thoroughly discussed.
In this Halloween project, the children drew a face with a psychological expression as they had done in the previous two grades. Next they attached the face to a sandwich bag along with cut paper that formulates a body. Finally the children painted the cut paper and added details to create their finished puppet.
paper bag pumpkin masks
This project is a created to be connected as a scaffold from the pre-k monster mask project. In this project a basic pumpkin is painted on a 12x18 inch piece of paper using orange paint with ridges painted in yellow. The children learn to paint the ridges in such a way that they bend from the top to the bottom poles of a circle to create a sense of three-dimensional volume. Creating facial expressions of fear, anger, evil, happiness, boredom and cleverness through manipulation of the eyebrows and mouth is discussed before the children draw such expressive features on their pumpkins with oil stick. The children then cut out the face and mount it on a paper bag along with colored tissue paper.
This project is repeated from pre-k through grade one. Each year the children add more and more different elements of what they know is in the sea. This is not to be an accurate representation of what one usually finds in the sea. They can imagine anything they want to imagine such as mermaids, mermen, treasure chests etc. Each year the children add more and more things that have a greater degree of difficulty to draw.