Art groups are in full swing in the PK Studio, and we’re continuing to work with and learn about new materials every week. This past week, friends used liquid watercolors to make paintings. It was exciting to paint with watercolors after learning about tempera paint, because it allowed them to explore their similarities and differences. Friends enjoyed watching the paint settle into the paper, as well as laying colors to create one of a kind paintings!
Before we could begin painting, friends practiced putting on smocks.
Siah: Good smocks!
William: Darby, let me help you with your smock. It goes like this… long part in the front, short part in the back.
Reese: We wear smocks so we don’t get our clothes messy.
In the PK Studio, we keep liquid watercolors in glass jars. Before we began painting, friends shared what they already knew about glass, and how to handle working with the fragile material. As you can see, children really covered all of the bases in regards to using glass jars in the Studio.
Adrian: Don’t be rough with the jars or they will break. Jars are like a small bottle.
Mae: If you drop the glass it’ll break all over the floor and it could hit your foot and your foot could get bloody and you will cry and the paint will be gone.
Ra’Maya: Glasses have glass in them, too!
Sophie: If you put the jar hard on the table, it could scare friends and also break.
Selwyn: If we pick the jar up and throw it in the air, it would make a mess and it would break.
Zoe: If you drop the glass it could break and you could step on it and your foot would bleed and you might not walk and your foot could fall off, so that’s why you have to be careful with glass.
Friends also learned that if we want to mix colors, we mix colors on our paper and not in the jars.
Sarah: Don’t put the pink brush in the blue jar because it’ll mix it all and no one can use the blue anymore because it’ll change to purple.
Luke: You can’t trick us… we know the green brush goes in the green jar!
Nayeli: I always don’t put the pink brush in the blue.
Jax: Do I put the orange in the yellow? Nooooo! Do I put the orange in the blue? Nooooo! Do I put the orange in the orange? Yes!
Finally… friends could get to work on their masterpieces!
Naomi: If someone comes in, we could tell them they can come paint with us!
Marquis: The pink paint disappears when I put it on the green.
Zavier: This yellow paint is sparkly and golden.
Christian: Mister Skinny Legs, look, I’m painting Mikey Angelo. And Mister Skinny Legs is like “OMG, I didn’t know Christian could paint the Ninja Turtles!”
Carlos: It’s amazing to use all the colors you want to make the color you want to make the most!
Iris: How do watercolors dry so quickly? Maybe if you blow on the painting, it’ll dry up.
Miguel: This yellow looks sparkly like pirates gold.
Nneka: That color looks like emerald.
Madison: Mine is beautiful because I know how to paint really well like an artist.
Elijah: This looks like fern green, which is like our art group! It’s a light green, it’s fern green. Can I call you Ms.Fern?
Florentina: Watercolors get sucked up into the paper faster than other paints. Look at the back of my paper… the paint sucked all the way through to the back!
Isabella: Paintbrushes love the watercolors. They look like they are swimming in an ocean of pink paint!