Last Thursday and Friday, we wrapped up our planting unit by reading The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and making some art inspired by the book's illustrations.
First, we watched a few slide shows from Carle's website showing how he makes his tissue papers and book illustrations.
Then, we painted our own papers. Instead of tissue, we used construction paper because I thought it would be easier for kindergarten kids to free-hand cut and manipulate for the later parts of the project. Plus, I just don't have easy access to higher quality tissue paper.
I think it's important to model painting a paper so kids don't make a picture/scene on theirs, but rather a pattern or design. This is a foreign concept to some kindergarten friends. It's also important to stress that everyone will share the papers to make their final project, and that no one will get their own papers back.
|Making our papers!|
|The students made some really fun and creative designs!|
We did the papers on Thursday and let them dry overnight. On Friday, i modeled how to cut different papers into shapes to create a collage picture like Carle does. Most students were quite successful with this, and they were very interested in becoming "real" illustrators.
Thanks for reading my super-long post! Hope I have more time for blogging in the coming weeks...