Our school's focus this year is on sustainability and caring for the environment. Oh my gosh, we could investigate this topic for an entire year in the art room!
Fall colors automatically turn our attention to nature and I REALLY wanted to take the first grade outside to explore and collect natural materials. Then I learned their teacher had planned a "seasonal walk" outside to observe and collect their findings. Bingo! She kindly agreed to save the collected natural objects for use in art.
In the art studio, children began by exploring, investigating, and discovering. I asked questions like "What shapes make up that seed pod?" Children observed shapes, lines,textures, and colors.
After that, I demonstrated how to stamp print objects onto paper and asked, "What other ways could we use these natural materials to make marks on paper?" The only rule: paintbrushes could NOT be used on paper, only to paint the objects themselves for stamp printing.
Kids could no longer contain their excitement and began delving into their own investigative, creative world : )