My favorite thing about being an art teacher is seeing students actually get excited about art projects or art history.
The name "Hundertwasser" is a bit difficult to say, but as I introduced my Hundertwasser lesson, I had the students repeat his name with me a few times. After not seeing the students for an entire week, I asked if anyone could remember the name of the artist that we were studying. Evidently these 2nd graders were inspired in some way or another because in each 2nd grade class, when I asked this question, about eight hands popped up into the air eagerly. Yay, happy Art teacher!
Anyway, two days into our project, I'm seeing some really cool results. The students looked at different Hundertwasser paintings and discussed what season the painting reminded them of and why (colors, shapes, etc). After this discussion, students used pencil to split their paper into four different sections (in any way that they wanted-creative problem solving!) and labeled each a different season. Then using characteristics of Hundertwasser's work-parallel lines, concentric circles, and repetitive patterning, they created the four seasons. On the second day, students began using oil pastels to trace over their pencil lines and next week we will begin adding watercolor.
Evergreen has some seriously talented students. The work that comes out of these students at such a young age is really awesome.