Sunday, April 29, 2012

Georges Seurat

The main story in our reading book this week was about how crayons are made in a crayon factory.  So on Friday, I decided we should do some wax melting of our own.  We peeled the wrappers off of a bunch of crayons, and used a candle warmer as a way to melt the wax while drawing on the hot surface. 
The nice thing about a candle warmer is that it only heats to one relatively low temperature. Still, I gave the kids strict instructions not to touch the black part. 

It was so much fun! I got my candle warmer from a resale shop for $0.50, so this is definitely something you could try at home over the summer after scoping out some garage sales.

In art the past couple of weeks, we have been learning about Georges Seurat and his pointillism technique. 
You may recognize one of his most famous paintings, "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte":
Here is an example of his dot technique. This is a close up on a man he painted in a different painting.
In order to ensure that the students used dots instead of brush strokes, we gave them pencils with brand new erasers.  They dipped the erasers in paint and dotted their way to a masterpiece.

We also started a KWL chart on weather. I'm excited for all the fun our weather unit will bring!
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

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