First Graders looked at the awesome artist, Jennifer Mercedes. She has lots of amazing paintings, but her giraffes are my favorite. I love that spontaneity of her work, the "mess" and the control. The colors are beautiful and her artwork is so inviting for children and adults. The kids feel a little more at ease drawing something new because their "oops" lines or mistakes are able to be embraced.
Here are a few pictures of her work that we looked at and discussed:
And then they set out to make their own!
Don't these just make you happy?