Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kindergarten Sunset Cityscapes

I rarely make my little kindergartners spend 3 weeks on one art project (I think this was a first!), but it was so worth it! The first day, we used tempera cakes, and painted the whole paper in sunset colors. The second day, We talked about shapes, and the difference between rectangles and squares. We painted all of our buildings with black liquid tempera. I told the students to make big, tall rectangles for their buildings. The last day, we reviewed the difference between rectangles and squares (a square is a kind of rectangle, but not all rectangles are squares!), and made the windows with yellow construction paper. The students made strips of yellow paper, and cut the strips into squares. I know that a lot (most, actually) of these windows are really rectangles, and not squares, but they completely understood the concept, and the difference between the tall, skinny buildings and the (mostly) square windows is pretty clear. 

Overall, I am really happy with the results. 


  1. Are these cityscapes modeled after the sprawling metropolis of Flora? ;-)

    1. Haha! I actually spent a few minutes explaining that buildings look like that in big cities (our nearest two cities, Lafayette and Kokomo don't have skyscrapers), and why they build tall buildings when a city gets big enough that there's not much land left. Most of the kids have been to a big city, and knew what I was talking about :).

  2. Also, you and your kids do such a good job!

  3. Haha, I agree. Sometimes I look at the tessellations and automatically I'm like, "That's a fish. That's a monster." The last two years I have had such trouble helping the kids think outside the box. The post-it notes saved me this year. Finally I had 22 minds giving their opinions instead of just 1 or 2. Whew!! :)