The Art Lesson
|Author/Illustrator Tomie dePaola
Unit by Ginger A.
You need "puff paint" for this activity.
Trace the names of the colors found in the official “SCHOOL CRAYONS” box.
First the parent will write each word on a separate sheet of cardstock. The child will use the appropriate color of plastic paint to trace the words. While the paint dries, cut out pictures to illustrate each color word. Glue the pictures to the cardstock. The child can trace the words with his fingertip and feel the letters.
Discuss the meaning of these phrases.
He turned red as a beet.
Jim’s been blue since his friend moved.
Doris is pea green with envy.
He’s a black hearted pirate.
She turned white as a ghost.
Ask your child if he can think of other color phrases; invent some together.
Categorizing and sorting
Tom and Nana own a grocery store. Set up a grocery store at home. Place a variety of foods on the table-dry goods, cans, produce, drinks, spices etc. Tell your child to sort the food into categories and set up the store. He will need to create a system for categorizing the items and explain it to you. Allow time for your child to rearrange items as he considers different properties of each item.
Help your child to make price tags for
the grocery store items. Then use real coins to shop at the store. Help your
child to count out the correct change for each purchase. An older
child may be able to add the prices. Show your child that a nickel is the
same as five pennies, a dime is ten pennies etc.
Printable- What's in the Piggy Bank
Adding and subtracting
Tommy must use the official “SCHOOL CRAYONS”. Give your child the eight official crayons. Tell your child that the two of you will share the crayons. Name two crayons you want to borrow. How many does your child have now? Give the crayons back and borrow a new set of crayons. Tell your child he can use the crayons after you put them down. Each time the crayons change hands count the amount each person has.
The art teacher has a big box of thick chalk. Did you know that chalk is a rock? It is made from gypsum. Read about gypsum in an encyclopedia. Plaster of Paris is just gypsum ground into powder. Here is a recipe for making sidewalk chalk.
Steps to Follow
Decorate a pillow case
Tommy drew pictures on his sheets. Use fabric markers to decorate a pillowcase. You may want to write part of Psalm 121:3 on it.
…he that keepeth thee will not slumber…
Draw your home
Tommy drew a picture of his new house. Go outside and observe your home. Use the sidewalk chalk from the science lesson to draw a picture on the sidewalk or driveway. Be sure to take a picture of it.
Observe how colors are mixed to create new colors. Line up a row of clear jars on the table, add some water. Follow the directions on a box of liquid food coloring to mix all the different colors. If Queen Anne’s lace is in season, have some on hand and put into the jars and watch the flowers change colors. The food coloring water is ok used as watercolor paint, though the colors fade a bit once dried. (Instead of the Queen Anne's lace you can buy a white carnation at the store.)
Look at some paintings by Giotto. Giotto’s paints were made from egg yolks mixed with clay, minerals and other items from nature. In this activity you will paint cookies with an egg yolk “paint”.
Idea for Broken Crayons
Take broken crayons with the paper removed and put them into muffin tins. Put them into the oven on about 250 degrees and you have wonderful new crayons. You can mix different shades of blue for water, oranges, yellows and reds for sun and volcanoes. There are many different things you can do with the crayons. We used a disposable aluminum muffin pan.
Tommy wants to be an artist when he is grown. Discuss different occupations. Be sure to include the arts.
Tommy’s grandparents are Irish and Italian. Discuss your family heritage with your child.
Spend some time looking through a family photo album together. Tell your child the names of his grandparents and great-grandparents.
Tom and Nana are Irish. Locate Ireland on a
globe. Explain that Ireland is an island. It is often called the “Emerald
Isle”. Northern Ireland is part of Great Britain; Southern Ireland is the
Republic of Ireland. Ireland is part of the British Isles. Locate the
Shannon River. Nana-Fall-River is Italian. Locate Italy on the globe. What
is the shape of Italy?
Discuss with your child some of the life skills portrayed in this story.
Tommy showed effort by drawing everyday.
The art teacher showed flexibility with Tommy’s assignment.
Jeannie displayed true friendship as she encouraged Tommy in his artwork.