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