It was a wonderful summer, my favorite season of the year. I'm sad to say good bye to those long days and warm temperatures. But back to school I must go!
We began our first class by watching the video of The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The students loved it and it is a nice introduction for the first class of the new school year.
After the video we talked a lot about lines and how lines create shapes. I gave the students a white pastel and a small piece of 6" x 6" black paper to draw their circular apple on. At this point the apple appeared to be floating on the paper. This was a good time to reinforce the concept of dimension to the students. I demonstrated drawing a horizontal line to represent a table for the apple to sit on. I begin this part of the lesson by showing the students how to place their drawing tool on the edge of their paper then draw across the paper until they bump into their apple at which point we "bump and jump" over the apple. The line is then continued from the edge of the apple to the other side of the paper.
The fun began when the students colored their apples by using chalk dipped in water. The chalk takes on the characteristic of bright, colorful paint.
This was a successful lesson for all of the students. The children left their first art class happy and confident just like the character in the story.