“I look like a flying potato!”

It’s one of my favorite times of year in the Pre-K Studio… self portrait week!  Friends in Pre-K work on a self portrait for their portfolio at the beginning and the end of each school year.  It’s great to see how much their observations and skills change over the course of the year, and for children that are in Pre-K for two years, over the span of those years.  We began by reading The Colors of Us by Karen Katz and talked a little about different shades of skin, eyes, hair, etc.


Ra’Maya: I’m cocoa brown!  Yummy!

Rayyan: I look so nice like yummy chocolate brown.


Next, I showed some different techniques for selecting colors that most closely matched the colors that were unique to each of them.  Children selected colors that they thought would work, and held them up next to their hands, hair, etc. to see which color would be the best.



Mae: Eyebrows are skittery skattery across your face.

Amal: I make Amal!

Zavier: You don’t have to draw your legs because you don’t see them in the mirror.  I can only see my shirt, not my pants.



Dai’Jah: I have to try to draw my bows!

Andres: Camels have eyelashes, too.

William: Eyebrows keep the sweat from getting in your eyes and the hair in your nose keeps sand from getting up there.  It also stops wood chips from getting up there.  It tangles it up and gets it out!



Adrian: You forgot to draw earwax in your ear!

William: I look like a flying potato!

Carlos: Giraffes have eyelashes to keep mosquitos out of their eyes.  They have ears like half circles, too!



Here are some of the finished self portraits from our week!







“Do you buy smocks at the smock shop?”

During the first six weeks of a new school year, children explore new materials in different areas of their classroom. Learning about new materials is a great way to build relationships with both classmates and new teachers!


During the second week of school, Pre-K friends began working with oil pastels in the art area. It was exciting to compare and contrast crayons, which children have been working with since the beginning of the year, with oil pastels. Children were able to draw freely as they acquainted themselves with the new material. Once friends were finished with their masterpieces, they learned how to clean up oil pastels and where they could find them the next time they wanted to draw with them!


“It feels soft on my hands.” -Ra’Maya

“When I roll the pastel, it makes a funny noise.” -Zeina


“It’s on my fingers! What! How?”Jax

“When I mix them with my fingers it makes new colors. I’m an artist because I always draw nice things.” -Siena


“I’m going to mix these two colors together and I don’t know what it’ll make. It’s making purple! You need to use red and blue if you want to make purple!” -Elliott

“Does the oil in them make it so they mix? And smudge?”Mae


 “I mixed blue and yellow pastels to make green. Someone took the paper off but now I can draw with the pastel sideways!” -Miguel

“They look like crayons, but they don’t really draw like crayons.”-Isabella



The third week of school was very exciting as we began learning about different types of paint! Friends learned about primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and how to mix them to create secondary colors (orange, green, purple). We practiced putting on smocks to protect our clothing, and learned how to carefully carry wet paintings to the drying rack.


“The drying rack is like an oven.” -Ayub

“To make green darker, I can add blue. To make it lighter, I can add more yellow.” -Miguel


 “I like painting the most because I love, love, love it so much because it always looks so good.” -Siah

 “Do you buy smocks at the smock shop?” -Elijah


 “I’m dipping the brush carefully so I don’t get paint everywhere.” -Waju

 “I mixed all the colors and it made it look black. The paint is really strong. Oh yeah, my painting looks good and really awesome, doesn’t it?”-Marquis


“You can paint whatever you want. I’m painting a tunnel for spiders, ants and walruses.”    Jariel

 “I know that blue and yellow makes green so you can do that if you want to make green. I like mixing red and yellow… it makes a golden color.” -Zeina