When, Kindergarten finished reading Love by Matt de la Pena & Loren Long, they took time to design heart symbols of love. Ms. Foretich gave them several options for drawing a heart. They could freehand their drawing or they could use one of many heart stencils. She modeled how to trace as well as how to use crayons to fill in all of the space with color. She also gave them examples of how to design their hearts. They could fill the heart with patters or draw things that they love inside.
Students began these hearts in the library. Ms. Foretich and I walked around and talked with students about their designs and helped students think about designs, drawings, or colors.
They continued this process in the art room until the hearts were complete.
We displayed the hearts in 3 x 3 blocks on the windows of the library.
In first grade, students studied the work of pop artist Jim Dine after reading Love. I was unfamiliar with this artist, so it was fun for me to go online and see some of his work.
First graders created hearts inspired by the work of Jim Dine in the art room. We took all of these hearts and pieced them together into a backdrop to hang in the library. This space will be a photo booth for students, teachers, families, and guests to take their picture. I posted photo booth instructions along with an iPad so that photos can be taken over the next few weeks.
One of the things I love about these 2 grade levels is how their work is created individually but it comes together to create larger collaborative pieces that make an eye-catching impact on each person that sees them.
Stop by and take your picture sometime soon!