Lighthouses

While learning about boats in class we had many conversations about how boats get from one place to another. During this time we observed a lighthouse in one of our classroom books. 
Because lighthouses are so visually beautiful, we thought it would be a really great art project to add to the classroom. 
We talked about the importance of lighthouses ( especially before electricity and GPS) and looked at various pictures of lighthouses. After, we traced lighthouses at the light table and added a bit of color by decorating them. 
A few days later, we thought it might be a good idea to do a reference painting using the same lighthouse picture. First we drew the image, paying close attention to the lines and shapes and emulating that on our own paper. Then we painted the lighthouse drawings. 
During this time we asked questions about who we think might live in the lighthouse. If lighthouses are " haunted", if animals can live in a lighthouse, and how a person can get to the top! These activities gave us a nice opportunity to learn about something new and let our imaginations run a little wild.






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