Literacy and Art go hand in hand. So this year in Kindergarten we will be studying not only traditional artists but also looking at the works of several children's Authors and Illustrators. We began the year with Dr. Seuss,'s book My Many Colored Days, the book is illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Throughout the book the connection between color and emotion is made again and again.
Then in class we began by having students pick their favorite color. On a square of their favorite color they drew a self portrait. Students then picked a color that made them feel happy or excited and they drew a picture to match that emotion and finally they picked a color that made them feel nervous, sad or mad and drew a picture to match. Just a really fun way to start the year because it allows me to learn a lot more about the students what they like and what they don't like and what their drawing skills are like at the beginning of the year. Finally, I had students glue all three squares onto a long black strip so that their work would all stay together and was ready to be hung in the halls.