Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Five Senses: Smell

Students are LOVING The Five Senses theme! Our third week’s focus was “smell” and we kicked off the class with lavender scented purple sparkle playdough. MaryAnn Kohl’s Play Clay recipe is hands down my favorite homemade playdough. Below is a 1/2 recipe which makes enough for at least four kids to play with at once…

The Five Senses: Taste

The second week of our Five Senses session focused on taste. I intentionally avoid edible projects in the studio because I don’t want to give a mixed message to students that it’s okay to put materials in their mouth one day and not the next. For one day only I decided to venture into unknown…

The Five Senses: Touch

Developing Studio Sprout curriculum feeds my creative bug and truly satisfies my soul. Sometimes I’ll get on a kick and jam out several months of fun themes and inspiring projects. The Five Senses has been simmering in the background for quite a while and I’m so glad to finally bring it into reality. So far…

Famous Artists I: Matisse

Matisse’s paper cut-outs were simple but moving. His artistic choices were intentional, full of life, color, and feeling. We discussed how many of Matisse’s compositions were figurative while others focused on abstract design. Most of my students were not concerned with making figurative imagery and were content to cut and paste, exploring shape and color…

Masters of Art I: Jackson Pollock (string, marble, & pendulum painting)

Jackson Pollock’s work represents exploration with paint, movement, and self expression. He worked on a very large scale and he used his whole body to accomplish covering the canvas. I showed my students a few examples of Pollock in action and also his finished pieces. In honor of Pollock I set up three paint projects….