Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April - Monet

This month we creating cards for soldiers serving far from home.

Parents, if your children are anything like mine, they like to be warned ahead of time when a routine changes. We are going to be doing things a big differently this week. This is the one time that I will ask the children if they would like to donate their original work to our community service project. The kids will be allowed to create several cards. They may choose to keep one, all, or none of their works. This is completely voluntary. We will still take photos of their work and any children who wish to take their original art home can write their message to the soldiers on blank cards that I will provide and I will add the photos of their artwork later.

Also, if your child struggles with handwriting but wants to write their own message, you may want to work with them ahead of time. They can bring in an index card or two with a simple message ("Come home soon" or "Thank you" would do nicely) and their signature to paste into their card.

We will be studying
Claude Monet
(pronounced moe-NAY)
French
1840-1926

In preparation for class on Tuesday, please print the image below and place it where your child will see it often.
On the Bank of the Seine, 1868, Art Institute of Chicago
For a printable image, click here.

You will need to bring the following supplies:
  • One paper plate or paint pallet per person
  • One 9x12 sheet of light construction paper per person
  • Four or more cotton swabs per person
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Tempera paint in red, yellow, and blue
  • Paintbrush
  • Crayons
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Index card(s) with pre-written message to a soldier
See you on April 12th at 6:30!