Friday, May 04, 2018

Kindergarten: Figures In Motion

Kindergarteners are taking their recent lessons about rendering people in artworks to a new, more complex step: depicting movement of the human figure. Young children have a natural tendency to depict figures which are stiff and whose activities are difficult to interpret. Using artworks and activities which bring attention to the body’s parts and their ability to move, help children to notice and demonstrate this observation in their own work.

This lesson began by briefly revisiting last week’s session and comparing it with the relay race runners of Lawrence’s painting and guiding children to notice that these figures were not painted from a model posing very still, but through the use of other means, such as photography and memory, in order to show the extreme body movements of the runners. Students were asked to describe which body parts were being used by the runners and were also led to notice how the artist tried to show how their bodies were working to achieve great speed.

Students were then asked to think about activities they like to do which require their bodies to move a lot, such as sports, dance, and play. Using these ideas, students were instructed to create a collage with at least one person engaged in a moving activity, paying close attention to how arms and legs move in those activities.