“Vrooooom, it made blue!”

Before art groups switched this week, Friday (Blue) groups had been trying different painting techniques with a variety of materials.  Last week, friends came into the Studio to find a basket of toy cars and trays of paint.  We set up some large pieces of paper and began experimenting with rolling the cars through paint and seeing what types of marks the wheels made.

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Morgin: Look what’s happening… it’s turning into a rainbow.

Marley: Start your engines… we’re racing!

Gerlin: Vrooooom, it made blue!

Moses: There’s the tracks.  The paint shows the tracks.

After friends were finished rolling the cars through paint, they had to take them to the car wash!  We used a bucket of soapy water as our makeshift carwash and children scrubbed the cars clean when they were all finished.  I think friends enjoyed this just as much as they liked getting the cars dirty!

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Morgin: My cars dirty.  Got to get it clean.  Wash the car and got it clean.  Oh… bubbles!

Sasha: We’re getting our cars clean!  My car can talk… it says, “I’m at a tea party with bubbles.”  My car is filthy.

Moses: Put them in the carwash?  That’s funny. Ms.Cushner.

Amberly: Clean at carwash.

“Is it a bag of snakes?”

By this point in the year, all children in Pre-K have had an experience working with clay!  It is one of my favorite materials to work with and I always love introducing it to children.  We began by examining clay in a plastic bag… friends feel it, poke it and attempt to lift it, among other things.  There’s always a sense of mystery around it, and we brainstorm what we think is in the bag.

Moses: I think it’s mud.  It’s smooth.  I like how it feels.

Roman: It feels really, really, really, REALLY good!

Justin: Is it a big rock?  Can you tell us already?  I can’t wait!

Phoenix: A brick?

Alexia: I think it’s gak.

Michael: Is it a bag of snakes?

Marley: It stinks!

Once friends learned that it was clay (and not a bag of snakes, phew) they began to work on their clay sculptures!  We had some different tools available… rollers for making it flat, clay scissors for cutting, utensils for mark making, etc.

Sylvie: I’m just making bird soup.  They can eat it outside.  I might even eat it for my dinner because birds said it was yummy.

Cole: I need something to add to my house.  It needs a roof so that my little fella doesn’t get lost.  These are the shades… if little fella is in the sun it keeps him cool and shady.  He has a secret hideaway spot but he’s bigger then that.  He zaps and this little hanging thing gets her into his home.  He hides from the bad guy.  The little fella roof is there just for the little fella to get out of in an emergency.  It’s hard to build a house.

Paris: A bear cave and a bear.  He sleeps in there in the winter.

Wallace: Clay can do so many cool things.

Elias: Did you know that clay is made from a cow?  Oh, that’s not clay… that’s actually milk.

Maceo: A choo choo train through the tunnel.  This is the track… a big track for trains.

Minna: I’m making Ms.Cushner a birthday cake!  This is her party and she just turned 5.  Blow out the candles!

Owen: My battleship is stronger because it has pipe cleaners in it.

Darian: Two hedgehogs.  Two hedgehogs that are friends.

Once sculptures were finished, we had to figure out a technique for getting them off the table if they were stuck!  Fishing wire is perfect for this because it’s thin, yet strong enough to slide under clay without breaking.  Children enjoyed working with the fishing wire… some friends made holes and tunnels, while others used it solely to remove their piece from the table.

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Jude: Is it floss that you put under to get it off the table?

Wallace: This is what you use to catch a fish?  That’s so cool.

Jasper: I’m putting the fishing wire through the clay to make tunnels for worms.

AJ: I got it off the table!  AJ saves the day!

“Two secrets! This book is full of secrets!”

As our exploration of photography is coming to an end, we concluded by creating photo albums!  Last week, children cut their photos and began arranging them in the pages of paper bag books.  We had found some different types of handmade books the previous week and decided that paper bag books would be fun because the pockets were like “secret hiding spots.”  Once they were finished cutting, some friends traded their photos with their peers, while others added their own illustrations to their photographs.

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Jude: There’s a secret hiding spot in my book.  Don’t tell anyone… only our art group can see it.

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Jasper: It’s a story of how we took pictures of flashes.  It can tell a story about what are our favorite photos.

Alexia: I’m making a story.  It’s a story that shows friends are nice.  It’s like a memory book.

Chris: I took a picture of me… I’m a famous star!

Elias: I’m making it a book inside of a book.

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Chris: This book is gonna make me so famous.

Vandell: Look Minna… I took a picture of you and your mommy.  You both look so nice.

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Jasper: I’m going to hide this one so that people don’t know there’s a rainbow in here.  I want to make sure no one sees Sarah taking a picture.  It’s going in a secret place.  And I don’t want anyone to see this picture of me with no eyes.  I’ll put it in a spooky, scary spot.

Elias: Two secrets!  This book is full of secrets!

Owen: Almost every one of my photos will go in a compartment.  It’s like a pocket.

Minna: Don’t tell people if you stuff your pictures in pockets.  Then they will know.

Jasper: My mom and dad don’t know about a light table, so where should I put it so they can learn?  Next week can we add junk to our books?  I want my mom to laugh, so I’m going to put this one on the back.

Today, friends added collage elements and “junk” to their books.  Some children chose to frame individual photos, while others created intricate ways to tie their books so they would stay shut.

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Georgi: I look beautiful in this picture.

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Jasper: I have an idea… my plan is to wrap this ribbon around one way and a piece of string the other way and it will close.  I think my plan will work.

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Elias: I’m in a pickle.  How can I stick these?

AJ: My dad’s gonna love it.  He loves everything I make.

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Vandell: Even though I messed up some parts and some parts are ugly, she will like it.  My mom will still like it.

Owen: I’m making my book look like an alien!

“I love what I did, I love what I did!”

Happy Monday from the Pre-K Art Studio!  It feels like we keep missing Monday art groups because of snow and it was great to be back today to catch up with the Orange groups.  

We learned a new monoprinting technique today and it was a big hit!  We began by painting a thin layer of tempera paint on sheets of aluminum foil.  While the paint was still wet, children used q-tips to scrape away parts of the paint.  Some friends made images of their families and pets, while others practiced writing their name, or just making abstract designs.  Next, children laid paper on top of the wet paint, rolled it flat with a brayer (the most popular tool in the Studio) and peeled it off to reveal their image.

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Daniel: I’m pretending that I’m making chocolate milk.  I’m mixing all the colors to make brown.

Phoenix: I don’t know what will happen!

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Emely: Do you love mine? It’s my family and a sun and a baby sun.

Miles H.: Go for it, Danny! I can’t wait to see what it looks like.

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Jaslene: When you roll it, all the paint will be on the paper.

Logan: Look, it’s sticking.  The paint is sticking to the paper!

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Albert: It stuck to the paper.

Daniel: I love what I did, I love what I did!

Asiah: The kitty sticked on the paper.

Noah: I didn’t know that would happen!

Ebbisa: Wow, that is so exciting!

Kofi: We need an audience for this.

 

Prepping for GrandFriends Day!

Next Wednesday is GrandDay, which is a Capital City tradition where children invite their grandparents and grandfriends into the school to spend the day together.  Grandfriends will join us for WASM, Service and the rest of our Wednesday activities.

To help welcome Grandfriends into our school, Pre-K children are working on a BIG banner to hang in the Commons.  Children in the Friday art groups began with the background.  Friends used squirt bottles filled with paint and cardboard instead of paintbrushes to spread paint over the paper.  Oh, and we sprinkled just a little bit of glitter… it is a special day after all!

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Sasha: I love it, I’m mixing it.  I’m going to bring mine to Morgin’s… they will mix.

Moses: I see squares… little squares in the glitter.

Roman: Cardboard as a paintbrush?  That’s silly Ms.Cushner!

Marley:  It’s a lot of noisy.  We need to cover all the paper.

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Marley: I did it! Cool!  It’s going to turn to colors.

Jose: It a rainbow.

Morgin: Everyone will love this because we made it.  And we love it.

Roman: It looks like jello.  I’m painting with my hands because I need to.  I’m trying to make my picture.

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“I can’t do this… how can I pick a favorite picture when I love them all?”

As promised, I have a follow up to yesterdays videos of children light painting!  This was a fun experiment that we are still trouble shooting because it’s not possible for the Studio to get as dark as it really needs to be.  We tried long exposures, as well as incorporating the flash, which ultimately had better results.  However, before we began this process, children spent some time looking at their photographs that they’ve taken up until this point.  Friends had pages and pages and PAGES of photographs and they really enjoyed looking back and sharing their favorites with their friends.

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Demetrius: Hey, I see you right there… see?  Phoenix, I see you right there!

Maceo: Wow… I see our pictures!  I took a picture of you Chris.  Look… see?

Chris: What is this a picture of?  I don’t know!

After flipping through our pages of photos, we selected photo’s based on different categories. Some of the categories were:

* Which photo makes you the happiest?

* Which photo is the most mysterious?

* Which photo is the silliest?

* Which is your favorite photo of a person?

* Which is your favorite photo that you’ve taken?

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Wallace: This one is mysterious because I don’t know what you’re talking about in the picture.

Jude: I can’t do this… how can I pick a favorite when I love them all?

Minna: The one of my mom makes me the happiest.

Wallace: My tummy is sticking out… that’s the funniest one!

Owen: My favorite person here is Ms.Lauchlan… that’s my favorite picture with a person!

Next, we looked at some mysterious images of light paintings and friends made predictions about what they were and how they were made.

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Jude: It’s dark.

Phoenix: The photo looks scratchy… it’s blurry!

Demetrius: Letters… orange letters.

Gabby: It’s a person made out of lines.

Elias: Are they shadows?

Jasper: They shined a flashlight and took a picture at the same time.

Owen: Are they glow sticks?

Michael: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z… but not “now I know my ABC’s”… it doesn’t say that.

After looking at some examples of light painting, we began experimenting with making our own in the Studio!  Friends took turns being the photographer, while the rest modeled and danced with flashlights.  Children enjoyed using the big DSLR camera on the tripod and really liked directing friends while they were using the flashlights (see videos from yesterday for them in action!)

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Gabby: I have an idea… you, Chris, go behind Elias.  Put the flashlight by your mouth.  Nayahris, stand next to Chris.  Maceo, you stand in front of Elias.  Ok… great… 1, 2, 3!

Here are some of our light paintings from the day…

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