Ice Cream Fundae!
We began this week’s art lesson by reading the book Ice Cream Soup by Ann Ingalls.
We then looked back over the book Couting with Wayne Thiebaud by Susan Goldman Rubin so we could make note of the colors the unofficial father of the Pop Art movement used when painting his cupcakes, cakes and ice cream cones. We saw many pale pinks, yellows and blues. We went around the room and talked about our favorite ice cream flavors, as well as the colors of those flavors. We discussed how when Wayne Thiebaud painted his desserts, he mixed in a lot of white paint in order to make the colors pale, like pastels. We then reviewed the term sculpture. Each artist received his or her ice cream sculpture and noted how the papiermache paste dried hard, even though it was wet and gooey when they worked with it. Each artist received some brown and white paint. Artists mixed the brown and white paint together to create a suitable color the cone part of their sculpture. Miss Dana drew a line separating the top from the bottom of the sculpture so each artist knew to paint from the bottom of the cone up to the line, making sure to turn the sculpture as they worked. Artists then received a clean brush and brown, green, red or yellow paint (plus some more white for mixing). Each artist practiced color mixing until they got the shade for their ice cream color correct. They painted the top portion of their armature with that color.
Miss Dana provided paint pens if artists wanted to add sprinkles or chocolate chips to their painted ice cream cones.
Once the sculptures are dry, Miss Dana will coat them with a gloss and glue a cherry or pompom on the top. We hope you love these sculptures as much as we do!
In drama this week we read I Am Extremely Absolutely Boiling, by Lauren Child. This story is about the fun things one does on a hot day, i.e. eat ice cream!
For voice, Miss Jenny introduced the word scat to the students. Scatting is vocal improvisation using nonsense words. For example, we warmed up our voices with “Skiddledupbopvanillaicecream.” To begin this warm up, Miss Jenny started scatting and the children would copy her. Once the kids got the hang of it, we went around the circle and each student scatted, while incorporating their favorite ice cream flavor, and the class repeated what was said. Next, for movement, we became ice cream. First we rolled into a ball and pretended someone scooped us up. We slowly rolled our bodies up, scoop after scoop and then we melted back down again in the hot sun.
Then we made our way to the ArtsPlay Theater to perform a little ice cream play.
Miss Jenny gave the actors and actresses each a line to say and the children were encouraged to project their voices as they delivered their line. We took turns as audience members and as performers for this activity. Each child also held an ice cream cut out as their prop and used hand motions to go with their lines. The children did a great job!
Our special hand squeeze and Yay! ArtsPlay! cheer ended the class. *The highlighted words indicate our ‘words of the day’. Asking your child about them will help reinforce what they have learned.