Monica Grycz teaching Marin kindergarteners about line, shape and color as part of Art Enrichment
“Please push your sleeves up,” says Monica Grycz, back at Marin from retirement to teach art skills such as how to blend colors without making a brown blob on the palette, and how to protect the brush bristles: “The brush dances like a ballerina.”
“The children really love this time because it’s not academic,” says Monica, whose position is paid for by SchoolCARE. “It’s using the right brain and everyone can be successful.”
“See the spot between yellow and blue? Get a scoop of blue from the edge and mix together. And what do I get?”
“Green!” calls the chorus of kindergarteners.
“See the place between red and blue? Just at the edge of blue. Mix with red. Purple! Find one spot on your fish to paint purple. It’s kind of more magenta than purple.”
“It’s more beautiful than purple, ‘’ says a student.
Kindergarten teacher Pansy Lou is all smiles as she bustles around the tables with parent volunteers, refreshing the brush water.
“I tend to focus more on crafts,” says Pansy, “and have Monica come in teach more types of art like using paint and pastels. It offers a variety that I love and the children love.”
“I know how to make all the colors in the rainbow now!” sums up a proud young artist.
- Other 2017-18 SchoolCARE supported programs/people at Marin: Art for second and third grade; Performing Arts for first grade, Poetry for fourth grade, Berkeley Chess for fifth grade; five iPads per second-grade class; YMCA lunch-time activity coordinators; and the Library Technician
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