|Works by Joan Miró in Barcelona|
I always start the year off with kindergarten with the learning targets of "I can describe things using colors." and "I can introduce myself." I kept El gusano Tutu but added postcards of Miró paintings that I got in Barcelona as well as the book El arte tiene colores.
First we learned the colors two at a time. We would practice by playing the Color Point game (I say ¿Dónde está rojo? and students have to find it in the room and point.) We would describe each other's clothes by saying Es rojo. No es rojo. And we would read the page from El arte tiene colores for that color.
Once we had all the colors learned we looked at el arte. I showed students a picture of Joan Miró and we described the colors that we saw and if we liked the picture or not. We also learned that "Joan Miró era un artista. ¡Yo soy un artista!" This tied into our other learning target of introducing ourselves. We did this for several classes in a row. I can walk in and say ¿Hay artistas en esta clase? ¿Dónde están los artistas? and the students will raise their hands and say ¡Soy artista! or ¡Artista, artista!
Then we colored a picture of one of Miró's works. Students colored the bottom shapes with the correct color and then found those shapes in the pictures and colored them the same color (I found this worksheet in an image search but it wasn't usable so I re-created it. You can get it for free by clicking on the link below.)
Finally, we created our own Miró inspired arte. We started out by chanting, blanco, blanco el papel es blanco. Negra, negra, la linea es negra. Rojo, rojo, el circulo es rojo. Verde, verde, el triangulo es verde (or whatever color we decided as a class) while I drew on the board. Then I handed out the papers and the students created their own versions while I walked around and asked them to describe their pictures.
I think the results came out really well. And the best part is that students not only know their colors and how to introduce themselves but they know a little more of the culture as well. We will continue our study of artists and their works with Diego Velazquez's Las Meninas.
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