A Dragon of Many Colors

We began this week’s lesson with the book There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent. This is an adorable, humorous story about a boy named Billy and his little dragon who just wants to be noticed. When Billy’s mother insists over and over again that there is no such thing as a dragon, the dragon…

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Have You Seen My Dragon?

   This week’s art lesson began with the book Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki. This adorable book tells the story of an imaginative little boy who makes a strong case for having a dragon as a pet, instead of your typical dog or cat. We looked at the colorful and fun illustrations in the book and…

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Dragon Days

We began this week’s art lesson by reading the book Red Is a Dragon: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong. It is a whimsical, rhyming story that tells the tale of a little girl who finds color everywhere she looks. The author does a wonderful job of using Asian culture to highlight each of the rainbow’s colors,…

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Delightful Dragons

We began our first class of the winter session by reading the book Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light, a counting book that features pen and ink illustrations of a boy searching for his friend in a big city. The detailed drawings in the book show many visual textures. We talked about the word texture and defined…

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Ending on a High Note!

The art portion of our final class for the session began with one of Miss Dana’s favorite books: Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka. Inspired by a recording of “A Night in Tunisia”, the book, which is really a poem, embraces and reflects the sound and feel of jazz with its silly rhythmic lyrics. The…

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Movers and Shakers

We began the art portion of this week’s lesson by reading Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney. The story revels in the imagination of childhood and the joy of music. Max is a little boy who can make music out of anything: sticks, bottles, trash can lids, etc. He uses found objects to emulate musical instruments and…

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Shake, Rattle and Roll

This week, we began the art portion of our class by reading “i live in music”, a lyrical poem by writer and playwright Ntozake Shange. The poem is accompanied by the artwork of painter and collage artist Romare Bearden, who happens to be one of Miss Dana’s favorite artists. We talked a little bit about our favorite…

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Dessert Before Dinner!

We began this week’s art lesson with the book Peanut Butter & Cupcake! by Terry Border, a cute rhyming story about friendship told through images of manipulated 3­D food objects. We talked about how the images in the book are three­ dimensional, meaning that they can be seen from all angles. We then compared the objects in the book…

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Creative Cupcakes

We began this week’s art lesson by reading the book Counting with Wayne Thiebaud by Susan Goldman Rubin. We also looked at images in the book The Life and Art of Wayne Thiebaud: Delicious, also by Susan Goldman Rubin. We talked about Pop Art, an art movement of the 1960’s where many artists made paintings and sculptures of everyday…

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Scary Scarecrows and Painted Pumpkins

This week in art, Miss Jenny played the role of Miss Dana, who was under the weather. We read the book Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman. It is a cute, rhythmic Halloween tale about a witch who wants to bake a pumpkin pie but the pumpkin she grows is so big, she has to enlist the help…

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