In my classroom and homeschool, we appreciate good art! We have what I call “Art Friday”, where the children have the opportunity to re-create a famous work of art using a variety of different methods.
Last month, in honor of an Andy Warhol exhibition taking place in Manhattan, we got the inspiration for our art piece from this amazing artist. Andy Warhol uses patterns, bright colors and silhouettes in most of his artwork. Our artwork was completed in three sessions through the integration of Art, Literature and Phonics. The three steps were: paint, collage, and handprints.
On the first day, the children picked a color and painted the whole canvas.
On the second day, we read the book “The Shape of Me and Other Stuff” by Dr. Seuss. The letter that we were learning about that week was S. S for Shapes and Silhouettes! We talked about everything around us having a shape and a form. Then, we pasted cut-out shapes of our hands in the center of our canvas to make our collage.
Lastly, on day three, we read the book “Angus Lost” by Marjorie Flack. We talked more about silhouettes and discovered a lot in our book. After that, we made our own hand silhouettes by painting our hands black and pressing them right on top of the hand shapes we had glued on the canvas the day before! Here is the result!
Nikki Kano was born in Oakland, CA and moved back to Greece with the family when she was 8 years old. She moved back to the States in 2008 after living in Greece until the age of 30. This is her 8th year working as an Early Childhood Educator in NYC where she currently lives with her husband and 5 year old son. Nikki further studied Jazz and Theater at City College of New York. She is twice a Cancer survivor and is passionate about helping people, especially moms, engage into a healthy life style through homemade food and therapeutic grade Essential oils. Nikki is also a homeschooling mom and a singer – songwriter. In her free time she makes music with her husband who is a music producer.