Judd worked with the kids for the first time on art. Once we had a white sheet of paper and marker we practiced drawing curvy lines, straight lines, blobs, ovals, circles and dots. It was a warm-up activity and an introduction to vocabulary. Then we had an exercise in which the students draw different parts of the Statue of Liberty without knowing that's what they are doing. This allows the artist to see that really any picture is just straight lines, curvy lines and blobs put together to make a picture. Actually during the warm-up the students just followed Judd's directions of drawing ovals, circles, straight lines and curvy lines and the next thing they know is they drew a lion!
After a snack, we started on the Statue of Liberty. The students drew the head, then torch and then body. This worked well for the youngest to the oldest. The youngest children were able to do the face and then some lost interest. Others were able to make it to the torch. Most students completed the Statue and then colored it and added fireworks in the background. We were very impressed with these statues and the students attention spans. They worked super hard today.
After art we played outside, ate our lunch and played some more. They needed it!
To end the day we shared what we learned about our symbols while eating some more Kale chips. Our last thing we did was head up to see Nora's mom, Mara Cole's art studio. She rents a room at Cosgrove as well. She had some of her work displayed and talked with us about her past work. What beautiful paintings!