Kids are naturally curious and are happiest when learning about something of interest to them. They love animals, so we study them and where they live, and then we draw and paint them. One subject leads into another; from birds to the trees they live in; from sting rays to fish to dolphins; from seahorses to mermaids, and always with imagination and flair.
We talk about what interests us. We draw and paint and collage. We decorate and embellish.
We know no limits. We have fun. We love art!
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Butterflies are a wonderful introduction to symmetry. They also have beautiful patterns on their wings, and by the time the kids have had some fun, they are even more spectacular! Once symmetry is understood, we apply it to drawing and painting faces, and then to drawing and painting the human figure.
Its important that every child leaves art class feeling excited with what they have achieved, proud of their work, and unlimited in what they can do. They're encouraged to be creative with everything; scissors, tissue and card, glitter and glue, sequins, stars and feathers. In doing so they learn to estimate sizes, how to see in shapes, how to make templates and stencils, and how to conceptualize a goal and plan an approach.
Integrated into learning how to paint is an appreciation for the world of art. Our last term was spent looking at the work of Henri Rousseau, a French painter from over a century ago. This exposure gives the kids a sense of history and geography and broadens their thinking. His work inspired us to go into the garden and sketch tropical plants, paint them as silhouettes, and draw and paint tigers in our own Rousseau-esque jungle scenes.