“You can bend wire so it looks like a house!”

Monday art groups are continuing their sculpture work and worked with a new material today… wire!  Children have had experiences with pipe cleaners and have enjoyed bending and twisting them to make different lines and shapes.  We compared wire with pipe cleaners today and incorporated both into our three-dimensional sculpture work this morning.

Claire: You could make letters or bend it like an octagon!

Adrian: You could bend wire so it looks like a house.

Phoenix: If you bend wire it makes the buttons not be able to move.  They get trapped.

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Jose: Pipe cleaners twist like wire but they are hairy.

Mae: I made a slide for my bear.  It’s a school for bears and it has a playground!

“Skunks are cute but I know they don’t smell cute!”

It’s been another great week in the Studio as we start winding down before starting self portraits and portfolio reflections.  At the small square table, there was the opportunity to observe, sketch and paint dried flowers.  Some friends illustrated the flowers, while other’s painted sharks, skunks and cupcake machines.

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At the big table, there was clay and found materials to work with.  Children made puppets, jets and tornados that were under volcanos.

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Miles: I made a flower now.  A beautiful flower.  That’s the bulb underneath.

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Kofi: It’s a jet and it has every type of sugary food and every type of healthy food.  Those are the wings and the fire is shooting out the back.  It has a volcano in the front.  It’s blue and red but not because I like Barcelona colors because I just like red and blue.  Red buttons for the front wheels and blue lumpy bumpys for the back.  Mine is automatic so no one needs to fly it.  The automatic thing is in the front.

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And then today… friends started making mustaches out of pipe cleaners.  TGIF!

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And… Ms.Richardson and I wore our matching grey shirts today 🙂

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“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.

Minna brings her classroom plan into the Studio!

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This week in the Studio, we have been sorting and exploring Beautiful Junk!  In Pre-K classrooms, children have been working on creating a “plan” for what they will work on during centers.  Plans range from cooking in Dramatic Play to building a house jet out of Beautiful Junk.  When I went in to pick up one of my art groups today, I learned a little about Minna’s plan that she’s been working on for a good portion of the week.  It seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring classroom work into the Studio to elaborate on!

Minna: Look at those, those are treasure.

Ms.Cushner: Are they all treasure?

Minna: Not those ones.  And not these ones.  That one’s not a treasure, but that’s a treasure.  Treasure, treasure, treasure, treasure, treasure and treasure.  I meant that one’s not a treasure.  Wait, this one isn’t working… will you try?

Ms.Cushner: Hmmm… what should we try?  Tape?  Glue?

Minna: Here, I’ll give you some magic.  I cut the ribbon, see?

Ms.Cushner: Wow!  Can you tell me what you’re working on?

Minna: It’s a jet with animals.  The animals live in this jet.  See that orange box?  I put some animal soap in that orange box.

Ms.Cushner: And this whole part over here is the jet, too?

Minna: Uh huh… this is a house jet so there’s a house inside of the jet and together it’s all a house jet.