Spaghetti Paintings - The 4K students began this project listening to the story of Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola. Just as she has a magical pasta pot, the students got to mix pasta with the primary paint colors to “magically” make new colors. Armed with spoon wands, we discovered that red and yellow made orange, blue and yellow made green,…
Donuts - We began this project talking about the work of Wayne Thiebaud. We looked at examples of his paintings and talked about the colors he used.  To make our giant donuts, each student started with a large coffee filter. The first layer was created with water activated tempera bricks. Then, we added oil pastels. Our final…
Toucans - The 4K students began class by watching an animation of the book Two Can Toucan by David McKee. We talked about how toucans look different than any other bird, and the reasons why they have such big colorful beaks. The students painted their own wings and beaks using tempera paint. Tails made from each student’s hand print…
Mandalas - The 4k, first, and second grade students made these mandala designs. They each began with a large circle traced in pencil. They drew their designs in crayon first, then some chose to add tempera paint. They were encouraged to fill the entire circle as creatively as they could.