I paraphrased Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! by Jonah Winter for our read-aloud. This story highlights the way Picasso changed his art styles faster than the Kardashians change husbands. It's fascinating how different the art from one person can be.
We did two projects this week. The first one was a follow-the-leader drawing. I used Draw with Pablo Picasso by Ana Salvador as a guide. I drew each step on a dry erase easel in front of the group, and they drew line by line. The project was simple and fun; one could do it with a huge group of any age as long as everyone could see the main drawing. Here's what my friends came up with:
|Looks like the cover of the book, yeah?|
Class was a bit different this week than the weeks prior. I told the caregivers who brought siblings outside of the 4-6 age group that they could take the younger kids out to the play area while I held class. I never offer a class without caregivers involved, but the dynamic with kids who want to learn vs. siblings screaming their heads off wasn't working for anyone. I was nervous because I feel I have no classroom management skills. (Think Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop only a chubby, 31 year old woman from the suburbs.) The turnout was okay, but many kids were disinterested and left to find their caregivers. The kids that are genuinely interested have been quite amazing, and I'm really happy that I can give them the opportunity to learn. I'm thinking I may change the age group in the spring to be inclusive to homeschooled kindergarteners and first graders.
Got a Picasso project? I want to hear about it!