|Apple Finger Painting|
We've done a lot a work on Part's of the Apple with Nomenclature cards and labeling the parts of an apple. This work expanded at our Art table and we set up a space for the children to enjoy a sensory experience with finger paint. I loved how this project unfolded and how each child's versions was so
|Sewing Acorns with Cardboard and Yarn|
We set up Early Sewing work on our Art shelf. The children who have mastered the Stitching block and moved on to this work. We do a lot of sewing in our classroom. I am a sewer and I think this is a very important part of Practical Life work that all children need to know how to do. I've had children come to school with a hole in their sock only to go to the shelf and get the materials to sew it up and put it back on their foot. There is such a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment knowing you can do that for yourself. Maria Montessori once said, “The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one's self.” “The child can develop fully by means of experience in his environment. We call such experiences 'work'.” This is just one of the many great examples of independence at work.
With our second year students we dove into the botany cabinet. We took some time to really look at all the leaf shapes in the botany cabinet and then see if we could find matches for them in our outside experiences during playground times and nature walks.
We also took some time to set up pin pushing work using the shapes from the botany cabinet. Many of our children made leaf books. Pin Pushing work is fantastic, as it really helps children who struggle with a weak pincher grasp to develop that more and strengthen the hand. It was optional to write the names in their leaf books and many children chose to do that.
Cutting, Glueing and Printing are such important pieces of work and children really love to cut paper and use glue.
We looked at Georgia O'Keefe in October and Poppy Art Ideas showed up at the art table and in our practical life shelves in the classroom. From tearing paper into tiny pieces to making poppies, to Pin pushing them out from paper to sewing them into pins with buttons. We found many ways to appreciate poppies and talk about Georgia O'Keefe.
|Poppy Button Sewing|
|Poppy Pin Pushing Work|
|Extension work with Natural Geometric Shapes|
|Van Gogh Self Portrait Work|
|Van Gogh Starry Night|
Kathy Barbro, Art Projects for Kids is a wonderful site that has for sale large Pdf available to all kinds of paintings. You print them out in 8x11 size sheets and put them together like a puzzle to make a large master piece. We used Soft Pastels on this project and I sealed it with Hair Spray when it was finished. It was a calming, community based activity that we had going on for several days in our classroom that the children could come and go from. Many would tuck into their usual Montessori work and during transition from one thing to another they would pause and stop and settle in and add their mark to the project.