Face painting fun!

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Break, the Lower School at CCPCS participates in Fall Fun Day!  This event includes cookie decorating, dance parties, face painting and parachute games on the field.  It’s become at tradition at our school and it’s always a blast… children love it, and it’s a great opportunity to connect with families and siblings at the school.  I had a great time painting faces today with Pre-K/K, so I figured I would share some photos from our day.  Thanks to everyone that donated items for the event and helped run stations… we couldn’t have done it without you!

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 Have a great Thanksgiving break!

“I need years to do this big painting!”

Today, the Tuesday art groups continued to work on their large resist paintings!  Friends were so excited to paint standing up and were thrilled with the new liquid watercolors available today for their resist paintings.  Children enjoyed making drips with the liquid watercolors and discovered that when different colored drips intersected, new colors were created!  Below are some photos from today, as well as children’s words… enjoy!

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Braeden: The drip looks like a river… or a tunnel.  It’s an orange tunnel to the Star Wars city, wheeee!

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Phoenix: I’m gonna make a drip spot, a green drip.  It’s part of the roller coaster… the down part.  Hey, it dripped on my hands, too!

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 Haley: The tape is a shield.  It means the paint wont go through.

Jasper: This painting is outer space caught on fire and now the whole world is on fire.  The orange grass is eating everything.  When the sun turns red, it means it’s really, really hot.

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 Mouhammadou: This is my beautiful house… here’s my doggy, Nemo.  He lost his collar.  I need an “M” for my name.  Here’s two bugs… a family of bugs.  See my pets?  An elephant, see I need a house for it.  Nemo needs a house, too.  The bugs are my other pets.  And there’s my family, right there!

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Minna: It’s dripping!  The new colors can drip!  Lots of drips right here.  What happens when you put the wetness on the dryness?  I’m being a scientist, this is my experiment.  What’s gonna happen?  Huh?  Oh, you can still see it!  Ms.Cushner, this is the shark.  And those are the two mouths.  That’s his eyeball, it’s big… and there’s the big wave!  It’s dark blue.  The red on the bottom is blood.  The daddy shark was fighting the biting fish all the way at the bottom, but he’s okay now.

“Loom sounds like balloon!”

Friends have really enjoyed learning about the loom and are excited that it will now be a permanent center in the Studio!  About half of Pre-K has used the loom in the first week, and the weaving is becoming more and more beautiful by the day.  Check out the progress over the last week!

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 Demetrius: Whoa, cool… it’s gone!  The string is gone!  There is it, wait, I can’t find it… there it is, surprise!

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Nayahris: It’s so pretty, and beautiful.  It’s like a rainbow.

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 Ty: It’s soft, so soft.  Wow, it’s beautiful!

“Is it a harp?”

Today was the first day that friends were able to work on the new classroom loom!  We began by looking at the loom and making guesses about what we thought the new object in the Studio was.

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 Cole: Is it a harp?

Abdoulaye: It looks like a guitar!

Leah: A fan?

Paris: It feels like a carpet.  Or a blanket.

Next, children practiced weaving on paper looms to get their fingers warmed up… over, under, over, under!  Many friends made patterns on their paper loom and some noticed that they started to look like checker boards.

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 Once children had finished practicing on the paper looms, they worked individually on the classroom loom.  Friends enjoyed selecting colors of yarn and showing their peers what they created.  Throughout November, all children in Pre-K will have a chance to use the loom as it’s now going to be a regular center in the Studio!

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Jaslene weaving her magenta yarn through the loom!

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Betsabe practicing her new weaving skills!

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Emmanuel and Samantha working together at the loom.

“Why’s the wall blank?”

Today, we started some BIG work in the Studio!  To make space for the paper, I cleared everything off of the bulletin boards and moved the tables around.  Many friends noticed the change right away and had many questions about what exactly we were going to be doing with all the space.  We began by reading Sky Color by Peter Reynolds and like Marisol in the story, children began by brainstorming what they wanted to illustrate for their large resist painting.

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Once friends decided if they wanted their paper horizontal or vertical, they selected materials from the table and began to draw!  Children used oil pastels, twist crayons, crayons, rainbow tape and blue painters tape to make their ideas come to life.  While some friends were inspired by the sky in the story, other children chose to focus on sea monsters, a skateboard with a nose and legs, and poisonous space plants!  

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Jude: A mural is a big, big drawing. Remember we did one last year and now it’s on the playground?

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Haley: One sea monster and then another sea monster.  Mine’s a lady one.  The seaweeds popping out… it’s green tape!”

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Mouhammadou: I’m making rainbow water like rainbow sky in the story.  It can be any color we want!

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 Jasmine: You have to be pretty tall to reach the top of the big paper!

Braeden illustrates “Snoopy and the Pilot!”

Friends have really enjoyed using liquid watercolors with oil pastels and colored tape this week!  It has given me many ideas for upcoming projects and I am so excited to get some of them underway.  Below is a conversation between myself and Braeden about his future career goals and his painting titled “Snoopy and the Pilot!”

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Braeden: Now I need another color to draw in the little triangle.  It’s part of the airplane wing.  Look Ms.Cushner, you just swipe the brush so we don’t waste the paint.  You’re the best artist in the whole world.  You know everything in the whole world.

Ms.Cushner: Wow, Braeden… thank you!  I think you’re a fabulous artist too, and you always take such good care of our materials.

Braeden: It’s because I went to the store, the art store, with my family.  I actually think I’m gonna be the best artist when I grow up.  I got some paints and papers from the art store with my dad so I can practice.

Ms.Cushner: Do you want to be an art teacher or an artist?

Braeden: Not a teacher, just an artist.  I’m practicing to be one now!  See, this is still an airplane… a Snoopy airplane!  Snoopy the Pilot… it’s kind of funny!

“My painting looks like tie-dye!”

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 Today, children used liquid watercolors, oil pastels and tape to create more resist paintings. This is the first time we have worked with liquid watercolors this year and friends loved the bright colors and found it hilarious that they were being stored in baby food jars!  While Neche was working on her painting, she flipped the page over and discovered that the watercolors had bled through to the other side.  By the end, she decided she liked the back of her drawing more then her original flower drawing because “it looks like tie-dye!”

Minna continues to build her jet and shares the progress with Jasmine

Last week, I posted about Minna and her jet made out of Beautiful Junk.  She had been working on it in her classroom and brought it to the Studio to make some additions.  On Wednesday, I was spending some time in Ms.Lauchlan’s room and sat with Minna, AJ and Jasmine as they were building with Beautiful Junk.  Everyone was engaged and excited about what they were building, as well as what their friends were creating.

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Minna: Treasure, treasure, I putted two treasure.  The gengine (engine) starts rumbling and it goes and goes and then blast off, it disappears.  The orange bead was on the ground… I need it for the fire by the gengine.  This box is their room.  They can just go into the box to sleep and the driver will still fly the jet.  It’s the jet bedroom… by the dungeon.  Oh cool… a bell and a tiger button.  That’s just what the jet needs!  I got some cool things and some pretty things.

Jasmine: Can I watch what you’re doing?  It’s not my work but I like it.

Minna: Yeah, bring a chair.  I’ll show you.

Jasmine: I like this bell.

Minna: It’s a bell button… listen!

Jasmine: What’s this bottle for?

Minna: Smell… soap!

Jasmine: I wish you had something in there that smells like perfume.  Minna, what’s this?

Minna: An alien from Mars.

Jasmine: Interesting yarn.  Minna, that button looks like a ring my mom had from when she wedded herself.

Minna: That’s cool.  Wait, I need to show you something.

Jasmine: Beautiful!

Minna: And shiny! Jasmine, you and Ms.Cushner can always watch what I’m doing.  Whenever you want, just come over to watch and maybe help if I ask!