Saturday, June 16, 2018

Kindergarten: Imaginary Animal Collage

Kindergarteners have begun a short series of lessons introducing the element of texture. Students were quick to describe the definition of texture, and were led to notice that everything has a texture. Students were also informed that a viewer is rarely allowed to touch an actual work of art, but that our eyes can help us to know what something might feel like, even before our fingers touch a surface.
Students were then shown five objects, one at a time, and asked to use descriptive words, as well as their eyes, to identify the texture of each object before being passed around to allow each student to handle and touch. The objects consisted of a piece of burlap, a block of wood, a spiny seashell, a ball of woolen yarn, a bird feather and a large pinecone.
Students were then shown how to use plastic rubbing plates which allow for a textured surface to be printed upon paper by rubbing with a drawing tool. Students were instructed to create three such rubbings, even using the bottom of their shoe, if desired. These rubbings were then collected and saved for the following art class. 

A week later, students were shown the artwork of illustrator, Eric Carle, with whom most kindergarteners are familiar. Students were shown examples of collages Carle created of real and imaginary animals, comparing their differences and discussing Carle’s artistic techniques. Students were then instructed to create their own imaginary animals from shapes cut from their rubbings to help convey texture in their collage.