Ho’okahua Academy: Kindergarten

A fun last week of art for our kinders… we painted with invisible ink (aka water in the sun).  These guys just loved it:

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As we enter unit 6, Earth Day is coming up.  The Kindergartners are all working in the gardens and taking care of the Earth.  It is a great way to introduce recycling into the art, well maybe re-using… they also need to think about making art with a message.  First we re-use some inner pieces of paper plates ( we used the outer rims for the African Massai neckbands during Cultural Celebration) and some scraps of color tissues; perfect for making some Earths!  Then we received some scrap book papers from a parent that we re-used to trace and cut out our hands to take care of the earth!  The Kindergartners then came up with sayings to include in their posters to hang in the cafeteria!

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Unit 5 developed gross and fine motor skills, team work and a focus on contrast.  Learners first worked together in small groups to paint and mix similar colors on large papers.  These papers were then cut into smaller squares that were to be cut into circles or squares and shared amongst small groups to create a final contrast collage.

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To build excitement for the Cultural Celebration, art was focused around different cultures. Kindergarten looked at Maori Koru and created paintings and sculptures based on the shape and meaning of the koru.  In the Maori culture, koru are the spiraling, unfurling ferns that symbolize growth and new beginnings.  These shapes are used in many different forms of Maori art. Learners drew designs to use in large paintings and small carvings for pendants.

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In unit 3, Kindergarten tries to understand 3-dimensional space.  While they are focusing on shapes in math, we are experimenting with printmaking and using toilet paper tubes to make a mobile using 3-d shapes.

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The second unit used shapes and developed our fine motor control while cutting paper to make collage animals just like the author and illustrator Eric Carle.

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In Kindergarten, Unit 1 we looked at the work of Klee and we “took our lines for a walk” on our papers!  In this unit, we explored line, and primary colors to mix other colors.

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