Last week for Eden’s kindergarten curriculum, I checked out four or five different tellings of The Three Little Pigs. There was the classic version from Paul Galdone (I love how he illustrates his books) and then there were other crazier interpretations. My favorite was Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, it’s very funny.
We read them over (and over and over) through out the week and talked about similarities and differences. We briefly talked about what plot is and what characters are and all that important stuff. (We’ll be having the same conversations next week when we do something similar with The Gingerbread Man. Repetition is supreme when dealing with five year olds.)
While browsing one of my favorite art blogs, Deep Space Sparkle, I came across a pig painting project (try saying that three times fast) and I knew it would be a perfect tie-in to our unit.
We haven’t done a ton of painting this year, but the kids really enjoy using watercolors. I will admit that I love squeezing out blobs of paint and mixing up the different colors. It makes me feel professional.
So instead of using the brighter tempera paint that was in our inspiration blog, we went with the muted, more subtle watercolors.
First, I had the children sketch their pigs and backgrounds with an oil pastel. This was when trouble reared its ugly head. My kids had a hard time drawing a pig that took up most of the paper. Smaller was safer and more comfortable.
After a few discussions and attempts at getting them to go big, I began to lose my patience. Finally, an unfortunate word escaped my lips and certain small individuals began to get a little teary.
This is when I’ve learned to walk away for five minutes and do some deep breathing exercises. And maybe chant a little bit. It doesn’t have to be perfect! It doesn’t have to be perfect! It’s about the journey, not the end result!
I wish I was a drinking woman! I mean, it’s about the journey!
After everyone calmed down a bit (and I stopped hyperventilating from all the deep breathing/huffing and puffing), Project Pink Pig was back on track.
After completing their outlines, the kids began to fill in the shapes with their watercolor paints.
My deep breathing apparently served me well, because despite a few spills and mistakes we all ended the project with smiles.
Whew! Painting is not for sissies. But it is for piggies.