The kindergarten artists had a great time looking at Eric Carle's books and trying to figure out how he created his illustrations. Once the children cracked the collage code, we set to work with lots of textured sponges and other random objects and painted large sheets of paper. I took away the chairs and squeezed a few colors of paint directly on the paper. When the bell rang, the "team" at one table put down their supplies and moved to the next table, finishing up with the other teams had done or getting a new paper. They had a blast.
Next class was a review of symmetry and a demonstration on folding a paper and making one cut to create a butterfly shape. Lots of oohs and aahs. They cut and glued the basic large shapes during that class and got fancy with the finer details for the last 45 minute class. All in all, a successful mini-unit.