PreK started working on water-themed artwork last week. We started out with a crash course on value. I just introduced the basics of mixing with black and white. On our actual project, we used blue and white, but they still understood the general idea. Once the ocean was painted, I introduced chalk pastels. We kept things pretty tame at first, drawing and smudging neatly until we had a nice collection of colorful jellyfish painted on our oceans. After that, I set them free to draw on blank paper, where they explored the joys of smearing chalk. It was messy, but they had fun, and that’s what matters. This week, we started drawing a piece of art by the contemporary artist Sharon Cummings. She paints Koi fish, and we looked at her painting “Pure Koi Joi” for inspiration. The Koi fish drawings aren’t done yet, but they should be finished by Friday, so keep an eye for them in the hallway early next week!