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Kindergarten Art Kits - Descriptions 


Alaskan Animal Senses (Drama kit)


This drama lesson explores the basics of creative dramatic role-play and how different animals that live throughout Alaska use their senses to meet basic needs. By investigating animal activity through observation, imaginative movement and dramatic play, students will gain an understanding of the differences and similarities of animals in relationship to their environment, making connections to Alaskan ecology and biology. This lesson also provides an introduction to conventions of theatre as a performing art. 



photo of students acting like animals


Arctic Animal Masks


Students are introduced to the sculptures of Alaskan sculptor Melvin Olanna.  They create a mask of a northern Alaskan animal, adding texture and features.


photo of an animal mask


Athabascan Mittens


Students will examine the traditional lifestyle of Athabascan people. They will look at clothing, and the types and materials used for decoration. After looking closely at beading, students will design their own beaded mitten.


photo of studentmade mitten art


Children Just Like Me


Each child draws themselves and a favorite place or thing.  The pictures are colored with colored pencils, then cut out to make a community class mural or border.


photo of student mural


Circles Everywhere

In this lesson, students discover circles in the world around us. They practice drawing and printing circles, finding that printing an object repetitively can produce interesting patterns and designs. This lesson teaches young children how to print objects, which can be used frequently for learning about shapes, patterns and numbers.  


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Color Critters

Students will listen to the story White Rabbit’s Color Book  After some practice in mixing primary colored oil pastels in many combinations and discovering new colors, they will create a colorful critter from their practice sheet.

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Eat Like a Bear

In this art lesson, children learn about the many foods a bear eats, spring, summer and fall.  Children's artwork helps them become more aware of primary colors, practice printing wtih objects, draw from observation, and bring the bear together with it's food in a mixed media project.

photo of bear art


Formline Babies

Students are introduced to Northwest Coast Formline Design and the “ovoid” shape though Tlingit artist, Crystal Worl’s delightful series of “Formline Babies.”  In this early childhood lesson, students learn some Tlingit phrases, go on a scavenger hunt in the room, and learn by painting and drawing on Crystal’s Raven and Eagle designs. 

photo of colorful student art with formline

Landscapes with David Mollett

Students examine landscapes by Fairbanks Alaska artist David Mollett looking at fore, middle and backgrounds. They paint a landscape demonstrating what they learned.

photo of student landscape painting


Love Those Anenomes


Students look at pictures of sea anemones and discuss radial design. They learn primary colors and then paint a large anemone with a wave-line background.

photo of child's painting of anemone


Me in the Mirror


Students draw a self portrait using oil pastels. The kit provides a mirror for each student to examine his or her face. They are encouraged to draw the colors and shapes of their unique features. Students look at prints of several portraits and explore the meaning of a “self-portrait. 

photo of child's self portrait


Modeling an Inuksuk


Students learn about the traditional practice of northern cultures to create a stone "inuksuk" to mark the way to special places.  Children draw a special place for an inuksuk to guide them to, then practice techniques with clay such as pinching, rolling and flattening to create a balanced inuksuk made of modeling clay.


photo of student clay sculpture

Parent and Child Portaits


Students are  inspired by American artist, Mary Cassatt. Her family portraits are famous for showing family relationships.  Students color chalk pastel drawings to represent their “Parent and Child Portraits.” 


photo of student art of parent and child

Pezzettino


Students are inspired by Leo Lionni?s book, Pezzettino, which means small piece in Italian. Students cut  and glue patterned paper to make a land or seascape.They stamp and print small geometric shapes to create a creature, and add Pezzettino to complete their art.


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Primary Paint: Shapes, Letters and Numbers 

Students learn beginning paintbrush technique and practice using two sizes of paintbrushes with primary color tempera cakes. The art of American artist, Jasper Johns offers inspiration as student practice painting using shapes, numbers and letters as the subject matter.


photo of student's painting

Rainbow Flower Garden

Students are inspired by Lois Ehlert’s book, Planting a Rainbow. They draw a flower from observation, coloring it with oil pastels.  Color blending is introduced. Students graph their drawings on a color bar graph.

photo of student painting of a flower


Raven Puppets


Students learn about the significance of Raven in the Tlingit culture and learn the shape “ovoid”. Students “build” a 3-D raven puppet, using common shapes such as rectangle, square, triangle and rhombus. They will use techniques of cutting and folding paper.


photo of student made raven puppet

Rock Cards


Students are scientists and artists, looking carefully at rocks and minerals with magnifying glasses for color, texture and shape. Students learn about nature artist Andy Goldsworthy and create their own rock arrangements. They draw these arrangements on printed “rock cards.” These cards can be shared and traded.


photo of a student looking at a rock

Sea Creatures with Ray Troll


Students create sea creatures in the style of Ray Troll.  Oil pastels are used to draw a shape and color with pattern. Students add a patterned border design, name their creature, and view it with 3-D glasses.
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Shape-ka-bobs


Students will learn about textures. They will go on a texture hunt in their room naming textures they find. Then they make rubbings from texture forms, cut them out, and put them on a stick to make a “Shape-ka-Bob.”


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Sled Dog Portraits


Dog Mushing is a popular sport of the Arctic Winter Games. After looking at many artists pictures of sled dogs, students make their own dog portrait.  They learn about the shape of a sled dog's head, the colors of the fur, and the special mask each one has.  Construction paper, crayons and oil pastel are used to create each unique sled dog portrait.


photo of a sled dog face picture

The Snowy Day at School


Students relate geometric shapes to the shapes of their school in a paper collage, then use paint to practice “printing” snowflakes, “painting” snow on the building, and making tracks in the snow with a bit of color mixing.

 The beloved book, “The Snowy Day,” is included for inspiration.


photo of snowy day artwork

Solstice Sun Collage


Students are inspired by an Inuit Folktale, Raven Brings the Light.  After identifying similarities in 4 posters of sun art, students create a paper sun collage with contrasting colors.  Students incorporate pattern in the rays of the suns


photo of a paper sun collage

Story in the Picture


Children observe Marc Chagall?s art, “I and the Village Fine.” They are encouraged to share ideas about the story in the picture. Students trace template shapes and add their own drawings and color to create their own story in their picture, in the style of Marc Chagall.


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Sunflowers


Students read book Camille and the Sunflowers, a story about Vincent Van Gogh, and learn of his love for painting sunflowers. Inspired by this, they paint a sunflower of their own.



photo of a student's painting of a sunflower

Tidepool Sculptures


Students learn the basic techniques of sculpting with modeling clay and use this medium to create a sculpture of a tidepool animal, using photos as a resource.



photo of clay sculptures of tidepool creatures

Van Gogh Self-Portraits


Students study the self-portraits of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. They look at his impressionist style of painting and create their own self-portrait in tempera paints.


photo of a sample of a student self portrait painting

Van Gogh Trees


Students are introduced to Vincent Van Gogh. They are inspired by his special style of painting trees with curvy lines and bright colors. They create a tree in Van Gogh’s style using oil pastels and textured rubbing plates. They paint over their drawing to create a resist effect.


photo of a student-created picture of a tree

The Wind and Me


In this integrated art lesson, students practice painting and drawing while feeling and hearing the wind.  They are encouraged to observe the wind's effects on themselves and the world around them.  In the Tlingit language: óoxjaa: wind; t’aakú: our local, strong, gusty wind.


photo of a student's artwork of themselves in the wind

"Yaakw" Canoes


Students learn about traditional NWCoast Native canoes.  Given the opportunity to look at authentic carved canoe models, children draw pictures of the canoes and add colored rubbings of formline design to enhance the finished drawing.


photo of a canoe drawing
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