In honor our Dr. Seuss' birthday the weekend we did all things Seuss this week! In Art class at the Kindergarten we made a super fun project that I found on Deep Space Sparkle, the blog of the woman who is teaching the art class I am currently taking. We read the book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss (of course) and set out to make they very Seussical fish!
I generally like to offer the children in my programs process orientated art. We want them to get messy, use their imagination and see what happens! Since I now have a group that will be going into first grade next year I thought I should also be teaching them some art skills. This project was the best of both worlds!
Today I taught the kids how to draw a fish - either a standing fish or a swimming fish - just like in the book. The kids used a black oil pastel to draw their fish. Even though I gave them step by step directions about how to draw a fish, no two fish came out the same. It was really amazing to see them design their masterpieces!
Then I gave them tempera paints to color their fish. We decided that Dr. Seuss uses very bright colors so we shouldn't mix all our colors together!
I let them know that tomorrow we would be cutting out the fish so that it wasn't important if they went out of the lines while they were painting. They were so into their amazing fish all of them were super careful while they were painting anyway! Check back tomorrow to see our finished Seussical fish!
Here are some of the Dr. Seuss books we read this week. Click on the picture to purchase from Amazon!