“The camera looks like yours!”

Yesterday was an incredibly exciting day in the Studio as we began learning about photography!  As some of you may know, I was an education and photography major in college.  I have always wondered how/when/if I could incorporate my love of photography into the Studio and finally decided to give it a try!  I had a feeling they would enjoy it… but I wasn’t necessarily expecting them to love it as much as they did!

We began by looking at old negatives on the light tables.  I went through my archived work and found all different sized (35mm, medium format and 4×5) negatives and brought them in.  I selected a wide array of photographs… portraits, still lives, landscapes, etc.  Children loved looking at the negatives and several groups decided to act out stories based on the way they were arranged on the light table.

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Wallace: I see a man with no face… they’re pictures!

Georgi: I see cupcakes.  We can make it into a story… it tells different parts.

Phoenix: This looks like a library.

Georgi: The elements of harmony… it’s like loyalty, kindness and My Little Pony.

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Jasper: We made the pictures in a row.  I see they are pictures because they look like a camera took them.  I see a person, a kitchen and another person.  I found two gates.

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Minna: This is awesome.

Darian: Are they food?  You can’t see them when they are on the ground but you can see it on the light table.

Minna: I put it back on… it’s something… it’s a monkey?  Oh no, it’s a person!

Next, friends gathered around the table as I passed out digital cameras that we were borrowing from the library!  Children were beyond thrilled that they were going to get to take photos with “adult cameras.”  We came up with some group rules about using the cameras safely and appropriately.  Next, we had a quick demo lesson about turning the cameras on and off, taking a photo and seeing the photos you’ve already taken.  Once children felt comfortable, they began taking photos of themselves, each other and objects in the Studio and hallway.  Yesterday I posted some of the children’s photography… here are some moments that I captured while they were exploring!

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“That’s Madrid kicking to score!”

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This week in the Studio, art groups have been shuffled to create new groups based on specific interests. In the Honeybee room, there has been a continuous interest in soccer amongst many children throughout the year. The Studio seemed like the perfect setting to dive into soccer a little further!

To give friends a clue about what we were going to be working on, I began by reading Madlenka Soccer Star by Peter Sis. This book is great… full of beautiful illustrations and soccer terminology that we found helpful. Before even reading the title, there was a buzz amongst the group about soccer. When I shared that we were going to start a long term project about soccer, there was cheering, a little screaming and lot’s of jumping around… sorry for the noise, Ms.Lauchlan and Mr.Duque!

Next, friends got to work on a plan and discussed what to work on first.

Braeden: Let’s make a soccer field!
Edwin: And a net to make a goal. A real net like in the book.
Abdoul: And then we yell, “GOOOOOAL!”
Beamlak: We could make a game in a box with a marble.
Braeden: Maybe we can make soccer balls and drop them in and deliver them to people.
Ezekiel: We need soccer teams.
Edwin: We can deliver the shoes.
Braeden: Are they called soccer pleats or soccer cleats?
Abdoul: Our players need numbers!

This video shows Edwin, Braeden and Beamlak working at the table on the field, the player positions and the logistics of making a soccer stadium. At the white board, Abdoul and Ezekiel are illustrating their own soccer games with two teams… Madrid vs. Barcelona!

“Why is a pipe cleaner called that?”

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After a long weekend and two snow days, it was exciting to get back into the Studio! We were going to begin new art groups this week, but with so few days, we decided to hold off and work on some collaborative group paintings.

During the third group of the day, friends came into the Studio, which was set up with liquid watercolors, three-dimensional “honeycomb” paper and watercolor pens. While eating snack, Cole looked around and asked… “Why is a pipe cleaner called that?” The question took me by surprise, and friends in the group began offering their thoughts about Cole’s question. We started looking around the Studio for materials that we could explore with pipe cleaners. Before I knew it, we were clearing off the tables and putting painting materials away to make room for straws and pipe cleaners. It was exciting for me to see their enthusiasm and curiosity grow. This video has been edited to show snippets of our day!

“The hot glue dried so it’s cold glue again.”

Tuesday groups are in the final phase of their paper mache masks/hats!  Friends were excited to finish these up, especially because it involved lots of fun collage materials, Beautiful Junk, glitter and… the introduction of a hot glue gun (which requires adult supervision!)  Here are some photos from today’s fun!

Jasper: You need adult supervision with the hot glue.  You plug it in the wall and it gets hot and makes heavy things stick.

Owen: Hot glue is very dangerous, you have to be careful.  The hot glue dried so it’s cold glue again.

Noah: Let’s blow on the hot glue so it gets cold.

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This morning, we found a new (and very exciting) material in the Beautiful Junk containers.  This deco flex tubing transformed throughout the day from water slides for googly eyes, to shiny slimy worms.  Thanks Jenn Lauchlan for sharing these with us… I’ve already placed an order for more of this fun material!

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Chris: Sprinkles are so sprinkly.

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Jasmine: An alien with lots of antennas.

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AJ: Mine has a visor.  It keeps things in outer space from getting in your eyes.