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Monday, April 15, 2013
Kindergarten Art Auction Project: Mrs. P's Heart Sampler
This was M's first elementary school class and of course that means I volunteered to handle their class' art auction project! It's a bit scary when your parental reputation at your kids' school involves glitter, messy painting projects and the ability to never refuse an offer of helping with a class project!
I showed Mrs. P some easy ideas that I thought would be perfect for kindergarten aged hands. She really liked the heart sampler idea and bought some acrylic paint in complementary colors. First we sketched a grid with just enough rectangles for the amount of kids in class.
Each student was able to paint a rectangle from the available colors. As they came up we talked about which rectangle to paint and what color they might pick, as they looked at the colors surrounding their rectangle. By the time we got to the inner rectangles, we made sure the outer rectangles were really dry, as it was hard for little hands and arms to not rest on the canvas as they painted.
We touched up a bit of the rectangle outlines, but mostly left as is. I also went over a few of the rectangles as some colors covered better than others. Their kindergarten day was only 2.5 hours so our time was a bit limited on this project.
I drew some hearts on each rectangle to help the kids with their painting. The first few I used a Sharpie and made a solid line. The paint did not cover it well. So I shifted to a dotted line instead. The outline helped the kids make the general shape and I demonstrated with each student how to use the brush to make the curvy strokes of the heart and then to fill it in.
The kids were able to pick their own rectangle (most of them remembered which one they had painted), and we talked about painting the heart in a contrasting color, which they could pick. Their hearts actually turned out unique to each student. I really loved the chunky painted ones where you could see and feel the paint strokes.
Definitely a fun and easy art auction project and perfect for this age group.
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