Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Verdi Kindergarten Printmaking Lesson

When I was student teaching two years ago, I remembered how excited I was to plan a lesson. Sometimes in the midst of all life's busyness, I forget how blessed I am to be doing what I love, teaching art.

When teaching the tiny humans, I liked to tie in literature with art, children, especially kindergartners, need a change of pace, even in a small 40 minute time period. So reading and creating an art project kept them entertained.

We read the book Verdi, by Janell Cannon, the same author that wrote Stella Luna.



Admittedly it was a long book, but the kids really took to it. It was about a snake that was born yellow, but as it aged turned green.

After we read the book, I made a snake printable for each student to sit at their desk to work on, creating a pattern on its skin of green orange and purple, the secondary colors. My supervising teacher watched those students while I called up three students at a time to create a wood block print.


At this school we had 5 kindergarten classrooms, so each student was able to make three stamps with the wood blocks. 
We wrapped blocks of wood with yarn so when students stamped the block down it would create a neat texture.
The students surprised me by taking their turns, remembering the pattern ( I let them choose what square was the next in the pattern and they did a fantastic job!)

I didn't tell them what we were creating but after each student had stamped and it had dried, I used a bunch of plastic bags that my supervising teacher had recycled for stuffing and sewed a snake that I later hung in the kindergarten hallway. 

They went B A NA NA S over it! 


What you will need if you want to create this yourself:

Large Piece of plain fabric
Paper to put under the fabric so it doesn't bleed on the floor
Tempera Paint or Acrylic
Three wood blocks wrapped in Yarn
Stuffing for the snake (we used plastic bags)
Felt for the eyes and tongue
the book, Verdi by Janell Cannon
Sewing Machine

Have you tied any of your school's projects in with literature?

Xo, LKC


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