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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Color CrittersStudents 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.
Eat Like a BearIn 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.
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.
Landscapes with David MollettStudents examine landscapes by Fairbanks Alaska artist David Mollett looking at fore, middle and backgrounds. They paint a landscape demonstrating what they learned.
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.
Me in the Mirror
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Rainbow Flower Garden
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.
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.
Sea Creatures with Ray Troll
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.”
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.
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.
Solstice Sun Collage
Story in the Picture
Van Gogh Self-Portraits
Van Gogh Trees
Van Gogh Trees
The Wind and Me
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.
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.