Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kindergarten "Delicious Desserts" Paintings

Kindergarten has been working on a painting unit. They began by exploring brushstrokes and mixing as many colors as they possibly could within the confines of an 18" X 20" piece of paper.

Jayric from K-B06 using brushstrokes to mix colors on his paper
After students spent a couple of weeks exploring the medium of painting, we looked at the book, "Delicious: The Life & Art of Wayne Thiebaud" by Susan Goldman Rubin (A review of this book from NYTimes:
We looked at his many paintings of yummy dessert foods, then made a list of our favorite desserts.
"Delicious: The Life and Art of Wayne Thiebaud" by Susan Goldman Rubin Book Cover, (from

"Pies, Pies, Pies" by Wayne Thiebaud (image from

After this, students used thin paintbrushes and black paint to create black line paintings of their favorite desserts. The following week, we discussed parts of a painting, in particular the background. Students then mixed colors on their paper to create a background for their food.
A student from K-B02 creating her background

After this, students added color to their "desserts", and worked hard to mix a variety of colors in the process. Students finished their paintings by adding details with small brushes (like sprinkles, cherries, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, etc.).

Some of the finished projects are below...they are pretty sweet (pun intended)!!
Benjamin, K-B06

Jasmine, K-B07

Konnor, K-B06

Roslyn, K-B03

Vanessa, K-B06

Yamilka, K-B03

Liani, K-B02