“I only made two colors because they were cool… the coolest colors I’ve ever made!”

Last week, friends returned to the Studio eager and excited to use their special colors of paint for a cohesive painting.  It was a tricky challenge, and children used their imagination or changed their idea once they had time to observe and reflect on the colors of paint they mixed the prior week, as those were the only colors available for their final painting!  As children worked, they shared stories about their paintings with their friends.



Briana: I’m making something brand new.  It’s hard work… hard hard work.

Joelle: I mixed a color that looks like mint ice cream.  I’m using it to put on the finishing touches.

King: I like that.  It cool.  I make a house for me!



Uhura: I made a microscope looking at a sunflower seed.  The microscope is on the boat and that’s me and my sister on our boat.  Those spots are yogurt drops falling on us!

Frances: I want to make grass, but I don’t have green.  I know… I can use gold!

Ahmari: This color looks like garbage from the trash truck.



Kaylee: I make orange.  This color looks like the orange art group!

Kendul: The dark red is my favorite color that I mixed.

Isaac: I’m making something… something very specific.  I don’t have yellow to make the sun, so the sun can be dark green.  The plant is burning up.  The plants are in trouble!



Africa Grace: I only made two colors because they were cool… the coolest colors I’ve ever made!

Santi: This is hard work to make the painting with all the colors.

Mina: I made beautiful colors!



Avery: I like this color… it’s a monster color!

Theo: I think I used pink and purple and black and mixed them together to make this dark color.

Anders: This color looks like it’s burning up!



Mason: I’ll make the grass… red… because I don’t have green.

Drew: Blue is a good color because it’s the color of Earth so it comes with all the powers!  My other colors are camouflage colors.  I like them very much!

Aaron: I got three greens like Gecko.



Kourtney: I made the sun purple… I wish it was really purple, not yellow.

Gerson: Challenge accepted! I can do it!

Mateo: This is a Minecraft color.  And this looks like a goo color!



Alden: I’m up for the challenge!


“Red can be a sad color because it’s the color of blood when you get hurt.”

As children continued to learn about mixing colors, friends began making connections between colors and feelings.  To further explore this, we read My Many Colored Days by Dr.Seuss.

Once it was time to start mixing colors, friends were excited to see that different facial expressions were on their paper and immediately made connections between colors and feelings! They also enjoyed trying to mimic some of the sillier expressions 🙂



Kaleb: I’ve seen these emojis before.  This face looks happy because maybe he’s having a balloon party!

Ali: Use peach and white to make a “love” color.  And that face looks like a robot so he can be grey.

Betsegaw: The silly face can be blue, yellow and red mixed together.

Abbie: When my baby pulls my hair, my cheeks get so red and I cry.  It makes me mad.

Luca: I used all the colors to make the heart eyes because I love all the colors.

Mariyah: The love color (purple) reminds me of Ms.Berger because I love her and she loves that color.

Avery: This one is mad.  He has a mad face like Mufasa.  Mufasa is always mad at Simba.

Mina: That face looks like he’s sweating!



Kate: I’m really busy here being a painter.  Blue for the crying face… like tears.

Alina: I’m gonna put purple on the happy face because I love purple.

Stephanie: He yellow because yellow is a happy color.  Pink is happy too!

Joelle: Dr.Seuss thinks purple is a sad color.

Amie: When I add a little bit of yellow, it mixed to green.  He’s sad because he doesn’t like green and want to be another color, like purple.

Cesar: Love is for red… I think so!

Gerson: I made silver.  That’s my favorite color!  When you mix all the colors, it makes grey, like silver.

Bella: When I cry, I get cries that are blue so the sad face is blue.  And that face looks confused… like he’s thinking about what made me sad.  He’s like “hey, what happened here?”



Daniela: That face feels confused.  What happened!

Asa:  The sad face can be blue because it’s the color of tears.

Adele: Do you like this camel color? It’s for the silly face.

Nazeer: This color looks soapy.  He’s surprised he’s covered in soap.

Alden: Sometimes my face turns red when I get mad.

Julian: Hey… grey, grey, grey! Three different greys.  I can still see his little emoji eyes and surprised face!

Elizabeth: The happy face is green, a kind of green that looks like cabbage because that’s my favorite color!



Drew: Dr.Seuss said pink was a happy color.  You could make the happy face pink, but you don’t have to.  And this face is silly, green is the color that fits the silly face.

Connor: I was thinking… maybe we could put some colors together.  They can make new colors!

Kourtney: Look at this color, it’s a little bit pink.  It’s for the smiley face because it’s my favorite color.

Kimi: That face feels like it’s alone, awwww.

Elijah: This emoji looks sleepy, and this one looks curious!

Declan: Red can be a sad color because it’s the color of blood when you get hurt.



Luca: Faces can turn red when you get angry.  But Dr.Seuss said black is an angry color.  I mixed black and red together to make my own angry color.

Africa Grace: I’m making this one so pink because there’s so much love.  She has so much love on her.

Isaac: This face feels… annoyed!

Santi: I like this color.  I’m putting it on the angry face because it’s my favorite!

“I used all the colors and it made “rotten sandwiches in the trash can” color. Like garbage.”

Last week, children learned about mixing tints and shades by adding white and black to their paint palette.  We began by reading Mix It Up by Herve Tullet, a really sweet gift that Ms.Morris picked up for me at the National Book Fair last Fall!

This was such a fun book to read because it’s hands on and everyone was able to participate in changing the colors throughout the book.  Friends thought it was magical and continuously checked their fingers to see if the paint really left the page and was on their hands.




Amie: That book is so magical!

Connor: I have magical powers… I made all the dots disappear!

Luca: That book is terrific.





Next, friends began mixing their own tints and shades.  As they worked, they continued to make connections between new colors and objects of importance in their lives.



Declan: I made dark green.  I mixed blue, yellow and black for that!

Elijah: I’m making a color with the Washington flag colors.  Red and white made pink.

Dayana: I made my grey darker with black.  To make it lighter, I can try white.

Julian: Mixing with black makes it look like a shadow.

Amie: I made dark pink with red and a little white.  Now I’m really happy!

Jax: I made a new color with black and white.  I like this color.  It’s my favorite… grey!

Ahmari: I’m doing it… I’m doing it… I’m making pink!

Marcus: Yellow and red make orange.  White made it lighter.  How could that be?



Isaac: How do I mix a metallic color because that would be so awesome!

Africa Grace: I made light green with blue, yellow and a lot of white.  No black.

Mina: I mixed a little bit of yellow in the black and it looks green.  Dark green.

Avery: I’m taking my time mixing these new colors.  I’m so busy.  This is the color of mud!

Hera: I used yellow and blue to make this color.  It’s green.

Cesar: I’m making colors more darker with black.



Theo: I want to try to make grey.  All kinds of grays.

Naila: My pink looks like raspberry, Bella’s pink looks like strawberry and Mason’s pink looks like pink cupcakes.

Anders: I used all the colors and it made “rotten sandwiches in the trash can” color.  Like garbage.

Bella: This color is perfect! I love it, it’s so pretty! I made purple, but it’s not the same as Lizzie’s.  Mine is more lighter.

Drew: If I put a little bit of black here, it will make it darker, I think.  Wow!  That’s so cool, it’s so slick!  That means it’s so so cool!

Cesar: I didn’t know I could do magic.  I made golden!  How did I make that? I guess it was just the magic?

Sammy: Luca, that green looks nice!  It looks like spinach.

Julian: I like this color.  It looks like a bumblebee color.



Elizabeth: I made a color called “dog waste.”

Nazeer: I made light blue with a lot of white and a little blue.

Adele: I have a plan.  I’ll mix some white with red.  Let’s see what happens… I mixed pink!  Light pink like Uhura’s sweater.

Christian: My hands are hurting from all this mixing.

Luca: The white is making it lighter.  Boom!  I made broccoli green! I want to eat the paper it looks so yummy.

Mateo: Black and white makes grey.  That’s almost like silver.

Leba: Looks like the color of candy… yum!



Briana: I made brown by using all the colors.  I thought it would do that!

“I’m a great artist because I make good things to cheer people up, like this nice color!”

For the second week of our color study, friends mixed colors using primary (red, yellow, blue) and secondary (orange, green, purple) colors.  We began by reading Color Dance by Ann Jonas, which gives really great visuals for how colors mix and change… especially highlighting that all colors mixed together make grey or brown.

Next, friends began mixing colors on their individual palettes and shared with friends what they noticed and wondered throughout the process.




Elizabeth: Naila made almost the same color as me!  It’s pink purple, but I used more red and she used more blue so that’s why they look only almost the same.

Christian: Oh, look what I did!  I used yellow and orange to make light orange.

Adele: I used all the colors.  I think it will turn brown.  No, it looks like a raspberry color!  How do I get it to stay rainbow?

Jax: I mixed rainbow colors.  I made this color… it’s brown!

Amie: I wanted to make red but it didn’t turn into red.  I don’t like the color.  I am not happy that it’s not mixing to red.




Avery: I’m a great artist because I make good things to cheer people up, like this nice color!

Anders: I mixed blue and green to make an ocean water color.  They danced around and mixed that on the paper.

Mason: I made a color that looks like a spaceship color.

Cesar: I made Julian’s favorite color.  Red like Lightening McQueen.




Julian: I put red and orange to make light red.  Mix, mix, mix!

Isaac: This color reminds me of a poop color.  Sorry, but it does!

Theo: I wonder what I’m making with yellow and orange.  It’s interesting!

Connor: I can mix 6 colors.  It made brown.

Drew: This color looks like yolk.

Ahmari: My arm is hurting from all the painting.




Elijah: That color looks like the inside of a watermelon!

Uhura: Maybe I can try to make gold.  I’m gonna try yellow and orange for gold.

Isaac: Do you know how to make my favorite color?  It’s green and blue mixed together.  Santi mixed them too but his is more darker.

Luca: I’m trying to make golden.  It worked with a lot of yellow and a little bit of purple.  Oh my goodness, I did golden!  When you put more purple in it it turns brown and looks gross.




Montre: I made Catboy blue!

Anival: Mix, mix, mix.  Everything turned… brown.

Asa: I made a special new kind of red.

Cesar: Mariyah, we made the same color, we really did it!  Did you put purple first and then red?

Mateo: All the colors together make hot chocolate brown.

Kaleb: I made a Rainbow Dash color.  Oh, that’s good.




Caleb:  Blue, yellow. Green!  It did it!

“I’m really an artist right now.  I’ve seen artists hold a palette like this before!”

After returning from winter break, friends began learning about colors and color mixing as we kicked off our long-term color study!  We started by reading Monsters Love Colors, a very silly book that introduces colors and color mixing to young children really well.

Next, I introduced some new materials, such as a palette.  Children learned that palettes are a tool that artists use for mixing colors.  They were very excited to hold it in one hand and their paintbrush in the other.  For the first week, each palette was prepared with the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) for children to mix new colors with.  Friends loved mixing their own colors, and many tried to mix colors they they thought the monsters would love!



Elijah: Look, I’m mixing brand new colors.  This is super pumpkin orange!  We should send this to the monsters.  We could put it in the mailbox and we could send it to Monster University!

Isaac: My mom uses a palette when she paints because she’s an artist.

Santi: I made green again.  It’s different green because it’s lighter.

Mina: I mixed a color that looks like it has a little bit of yellow in it.  Oh, it’s orange!



Theo: Avery, did you say white is your favorite color?  Try mixing yellow and blue.  That might make white.  Oh, no, that’s just green.

Elizabeth: This color looks like cabbage green!  And this green is like Grinch green.  I’m stirring this so fast.  I call this… green garbage!

Uhura: I made two greens but this green is different because it’s darker.  It has more blue mixed in it.

Gerson: Red and yellow.  Oh, I made orange!

Mateo: Mileena and I made green.  But mine looks more yuckier.  Mine looks like spinach green.



Adele: I made a rainbow with red, yellow and blue.  But then I painted more and it looks like it turned brown to me.

Briana: I made a lighter orange with more yellow.  I’m really so good at painting because I can mix any color!

Daniela: I used rainbow colors to make brown.  How did I do that?

Luca: Whoa, I made a new color.  I made brown with all three colors.  It looked like a little rainbow but then I mixed it and it turned brown.



Jax: I’m having so much fun with paint!  I mixed brown with all the colors, did you see that?

Amie: I was right!  Blue and yellow made green.  I want to make it light… maybe it needs more yellow.

Kyrie: The monsters, they would love it!  Look what I made!  Look, look, look!  Green!

Katherine: The monsters really told me how to make purple.



Kate: I made another purple now.  That one is darker purple and this one is lighter purple.

Frances: Lava is red, too.  Just like this color.

Kaleb: I made brown with rainbow colors.



Marcus: I mixed blue and yellow and it made green!  Red, yellow and blue go to brown.  Blue and red go to purple.

Kourtney: I mixed all the colors together and it made brown, not rainbow.

Drew:  This is maybe darker green, like teal green.

Alden: I’m really an artist right now.  I’ve seen artists hold a palette like this before!

Julian: I like that Hope mixed a color like Spongebob.



Connor: Whoa, I’m pretty good at mixing colors.

Mariyah: I think you put paint in those little spots to mix new colors.

Aaron: I made a red that looks like Spiderman!

Hailey: I was right, yellow and red made orange.

“The rainbow is so pretty.  It’s a little TOO pretty!”

On a recent sunny day, Stephanie noticed that the sun reflecting off of her sequined shirt created rainbows all over the Studio!  Friends were infatuated by these rainbows and asked if we could fill the Studio with rainbows that could be seen on non-sunny days.  We took photos and videos of the rainbows that Stephanie was casting throughout the Studio, so that I could share them with children from different art groups to help get them on board with this BIG project! (I wasn’t able to load the video’s here, unfortunately!)

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Children began searching for rainbow materials and stringing them on to wire.  Once we had enough strands for our rainbow, we had Mr.Jeff help us install them so they could hang over our tables!







The following week, children began making charms to hang from the rainbow.  Friends strung and painted wooden beads, wove in fabric and threaded pom-poms.  Once finished, children picked the perfect spot on the rainbow for their charms to go!






Kaleb: I’m making more rainbows to make the room feel special.

Marcus: These beads look like donuts.

Declan: How did this happen from the ceiling?

Santi: This rainbow is giant!  It’s on the roof!





Isaac: It looks like streamers.  I see my favorite color, blue!

Theo: The rainbow is so pretty.  It’s a little TOO pretty!

Kaylee: It’s so glittery now!

Alden: I see my blue one.  I made my whole rainbow blue.

Julian: The rainbow looks like a bridge going over our heads.

Hailey: It looks good, really good.

Julien: The charms look like little marshmallows.  And that’s a diamond shape.  And that wooden bead looks like a slinky!






Uhura: Those are decorations!  The Studio is decorated!

Asa: It looks like we could have a party in here!

Briana: Are these hanging up for Santi’s birthday?

Daniela: What!  Those are rainbows… in the ceiling!

Nora: It looks so different in here now that things are hanging up there.






Anival:  Cool.  Nice.  Things are hanging from the sky.

Amie: I really like those, but I don’t have them at my home.  I’m gonna do this for my dad and when my dad comes to the Studio, I can show him what I made.

Jax: Ta-da!  A rainbow!

Vanessa: That bead looks like candy.  Rainbow candy.

Cesar: Stephanie just wanted rainbows and now they’re hanging from the wall!



Have a great winter break, everyone!

“Junk is yucky stuff.  So Beautiful Junk is… sparkly!”

Last week, children were introduced to “Beautiful Junk,” which are recycled materials that we can reuse and repurpose in the Studio and in PK classrooms.  Families are invited to drop off bags of materials in the bins outside of the Studio that we can sort throughout the year!

We began by reading Not A Box by Antoinette Portis.  This book is great, as it’s all about a rabbit that uses a cardboard box and his imagination to create a race car, a pirate ship and a robot costume.

Following the read aloud, I brought a large shoebox to the table and children made predictions about what they thought was inside.  As I began to reveal the items, children instantly made connections to the book and were overflowing with ideas of what the materials could be used for.  We talked about what they were (can, blackberry box, cork, water bottle top) and about what material they were made from (metal, cardboard, plastic).  This will make sorting and labeling the bins much easier!



Kaitlyn: I can see through the tube.  I can’t see through the top.

Ali: Why does the metal pan make that loud noise?

Marcus: We like this Beautiful Junk, but we don’t eat it because junk is trash.

Elijah: Maybe Beautiful Junk is junk that’s pink or purple or green, because those are beautiful colors.

Dayana: This blanket (fabric) is cute.  It has little ducks on it.

Kendul: I’ve seen that top before.  It goes on the top of chocolate milk at McDonalds.



Isaac: Junk is a piece of trash, but Beautiful Junk looks nice.

Africa Grace: You can use Beautiful Junk in an art project.

Kaylee: Junk is garbage.

Mina: That top looks like it’s from tupperware!

Avery: Egg cartons open and close like a monster mouth with teeth.

Elizabeth: Beautiful Junk is materials that you use to build beautiful things.  Can I touch that material so I know what it’s made from?

Naila: Junk is stuff that you can give away or you could use it to make something new.



Mason: Bottle tops look like tiny hats.  This is a tiny person.  He’s saying, “Hi, my name is Toppy!”

Drew: Junk means you have to clean it up.  You have to keep it beautiful so we can build with it.

Aaron: We can be like the bunny in the book.  He play with a box.

Sammy: So, junk is dirty.  Then you clean it, and put it together and make beautiful things with it.

Luca: It’s junk that gets cleaned and painted really good.

Alden: It’s when junk is messed up, but Beautiful Junk is when you turn it into something nice, like a car.



Scotland: Beautiful Junk is like a present.  These (corks) look like they come from a tree.

Uhura: Junk is a kind of trash.  Beautiful Junk is maybe, rainbow colored?

Nazeer: You don’t eat trash, but food comes in things that then become trash.  You can make things with it, like a train or a dinosaur.  We’re being just like that bunny!

Adele: That material is called plastic.

Jax: I can see through this!

Asa: Junk is yucky stuff.  So Beautiful Junk is… sparkly!

Nora: Is wood junk?

Amie: When I look through this, I can see that everything is orange in here.

Joelle: Junk is like sugar.  You can eat it, but then you have to brush your teeth.

Cesar: That (cork) goes in the top of the bottle and then you put a map in so you know how to find the treasure.



After children were familiar with the materials, I invited them to openly explore and build with them in the sensory table.  Friends collaborated and enjoyed creating new objects together.



Frances: Let’s pretend these (corks) are eggs.  The pretend eggs are very fragile.  I got them from the store to make pudding pie!  First, we need to open the eggs.  Then, we mix it.  I think we can use the straws to drink the pudding pie!

Elijah: I could use the materials to make a message in a bottle.  Or I could use them to make a Happy Meal.  Or maybe I could make a robot with all these caps?

Declan: I’m pretending that I broke my arm.  The toilet tube is my cast.  I look like a half robot, half tiger because the tubes make my arms look striped.

Isaac: It’s time for me to make you my specialty!  First, you get an egg carton.  Then, you fill it up with soda caps.  That’s the ice cream.  You have to mash them up.  Now, put them in the oven for 20 minutes.  Open it up, see if it’s good and ready.  Nope, it’s not ready yet.  Some is still frozen!  Ok, now it’s ready.  Let me taste it for poison.  Yum… no poison!



Santi: I’m helping Isaac cook the ice cream.  I’m mixing it.  I’m mixing this orange ice cream.

Daniela: I’m making a pie cake.  The orange tray is the oven because it looks like fire and ovens are hot from fire.

Drew: You could make a necklace with these tubes.  I’m making something.  It’s beautiful.  I am making a butterfly and I’m pretending this is his home.  He can fly over here (fabric) for a good rest.  Those little parts (corks) are his caterpillar friends.

Mateo: I need to make some tacos.  These materials look like a taco cooker machine.

Stephanie: I’m making a butterfly with Beautiful Junk and it will be beautiful.



“I went to a special place to cut my hair and it wasn’t at school!”

This week, children were introduced to scissors in the Studio!   We began by talking about materials that were appropriate to cut with scissors, as well as materials that aren’t ok to cut with scissors.  We also practiced how to use them correctly and safely.



Materials that are safe to cut:

Frances: You can use scissors to open fruit snacks if you need help.

Kate: We can cut paper, yes!

Irvina: Like, you cut paper and tape.  And how about you could use it to cut meat?

Elijah: The scissors told me that we can cut tape, but they said don’t cut friends with scissors.

Santi: We can cut rainbow paper and brown paper.

Theo: You can cut your nails with special nail scissors.

Sammy: You can cut chicken with scissors.  My mom uses special types of scissors to cut meat.



Materials that aren’t safe to cut:

Abbie: Don’t cut butterflies… just don’t!

Irvina: You can’t cut your hands because the blood will come out.

Ahmari: Not our hands… no!

Marcus: Moms can cut hair, like Leba’s mom can cut her hair, but we don’t cut our hair here.

Julian: My dad take me to get a haircut, but it’s not here.  Don’t cut your hair here.

Avery: We cut our hair at the barbershop!

Alden: You use fingernail clippers, not scissors, to cut nails.

Adele: I went to a special place to cut my hair and it wasn’t at school.



Next, friends practiced cutting paper with assorted shapes and lines provided.  Depending on their age and experience, children snipped around the outside of paper, were able to cut through the paper, or successfully cut out shapes.


Adrian: Papi have scissors at home to cut the paper.

Betsegaw: I did open, close, open, close with the scissors.  I’m practicing!  I tried!  I have muscles!

Kaitlyn: I have cut at my home!

Kaylee: Open, shut them, open, shut them.  I did it!

Bella: My mom is going to be so proud.  I tried so hard.

Elizabeth: I cut out an “E” like for Elizabeth.



Naila: I feel a little proud of myself because I cut with scissors, but my mom and dad will be really proud of me.

Connor: If I can cut out the circle I’ll be so happy!

Sammy: You just got to keep trying like… perseverance!

Cesar: I did the zigzag line.  It looks like a crown for a boy, or the top of a castle, or shark teeth.

Mateo: My mom and dad will be so proud that I can cut a heart for love.


Julian: The heart was hardest to cut because the lines aren’t just straight like a square.

Christian: I did! I cut the circle, I did!

Nazeer: I’m focusing hard, that’s why I could cut the shapes.  Even the hard shape like the heart.

Jax: I’m doing my best.  I’m doing it!  I did it!  I made a cut through the line!

Joelle: I’m focusing on it so I don’t hurt myself.  My arms are starting to hurt.


After friends practiced with paper, they were invited to cut playdough.  Friends practiced rolling playdough “snakes” and then using dough scissors to cut them.  Friends noticed a difference between cutting paper and cutting playdough right away, as both feel different in your hands.  Children are very excited to finally have scissors available in the Studio and in their classrooms!



Katherine: Cutting playdough feels different than paper.  It’s harder.

“I need to make my ears more like elf ears because the top is pointy!”

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 both years.  We began by reading The Colors of Us by Karen Katz and talked a little about different shades of skin, eyes, hair, etc.

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



Declan: Oh my gosh, I look beautiful!  Look… I see I have two sharp teeth like a tiger.

Isaac: I have a bun on my head like you!

Mina: I found vanilla ice cream.  That’s my color.

Avery: I made my earwax.  No, no, my eyelash.

Asa: My lips are a little bit of two colors.  They are a little bit light and dark.



Jax: I have hair.  I think it’s dark brown like this.  What’s next… oh… my mouth!

Nora: I made my head so big because I’m growing.

Adele: My skin is like vanilla, or maybe like sand?

Dayana: Let me find my color.  Oh, this looks good!

Joelle: I’m dark chocolate brown.  I drew my dark chocolate cheeks.



Sammy: You have to look in the mirror to see what kind of skin you have.

Cesar: My eyes are different than my skin.  They’re darker.

Brandon: A mirror shows the reflection of your whole body.  And your whole face.

Julian: I made my head to look like a potato shape.

Alden: I have light brown hair and I have a swirl.  I’m drawing it long from the top of my head because I need a haircut.


Beginning of the year self portraits are typically a one week process, but this year it seemed like a perfect opportunity to introduce children to self critique and adding detail. This week, children examined their self portraits and noticed parts of their face that they had forgotten to add.  This led us into a discussion on adding details, and how revisiting your work can make a stronger finished piece!  Friends found it hysterical that their self portraits almost went into portfolios when they were missing noses, ears, eyebrows, etc.



Aurora: A detail is coloring in your skin.  And maybe I could add my dress!

Irvina: I can make my hair darker.  That’s a detail because last week I made my hair light!  I see different colors of brown on my cheeks, too.

Theo: Hey, why did I forget my ears?  It’s the same color as all my skin.

Africa Grace: A detail is when you add your color to your body so it looks like you.  And you can make your cheeks.

Santi: I forgot my ears… I gotta add them!

Isaac: I need to make my ears more like elf ears because the top is pointy.



Naila: Details are maybe adding finishing touches?

Elizabeth: You need to add things to make it look more like yourself.

Bella: I’m adding more hair.  I didn’t put enough!

Drew: My detail changed!  I don’t have a dinosaur shirt on anymore.  Today I have a polo shirt with a horse on it.

Alina: Why did I forget to add my eyebrows?

Mateo: You could color in your face because your skin isn’t really white like the paper.

Katherine: Last time I did my skin peach, but I see my skin looks like peachy pie.



Below are some finished self portraits, which show self reflection in making the work look more realistic.

“There’s rainbow rainbows… everywhere!”

After spending three weeks pushing into the art center in PK classrooms, this week children FINALLY began coming to the Studio for art groups!  Friends were busy exploring the space, learning about new art materials and collaborating with friends.

Each art group began with walking around the Studio and noticing things that excited them or that they were curious about.  Children that were in PK last year enjoyed noting similarities and differences between the Studio, as many areas are new!


Elijah: I remember the easel was turned this other way and you had a rectangle table, not a circle table last year!

Betsegaw: I hear a teacher?  I want to see the friends.

Irvina: This room is so amazing.  It’s like a rainbow.  There are so many decorations in here!

Cesar: Why you don’t got no bathroom in here?

Declan: I see centers in here, like different art centers.


Kendul: Your bell sounds like a musical instrument.

Dayana: I hear a baby crying.

Julian: I see the park!

Charlotte: Your room has windows.  A rainbow window.  And that’s aftercare over there.

Daniela: Everyone belongs in here!


Naila: I’m looking around the room so I know what I want to paint.  I love the rainbow on that window!

Marcus: I hear the “popcorn on the train” song.

Drew: I remember making those bug stamps last year!

Luca: The easel turned to the side.  I notice so many new friends, but not the bell… the bell was here last year.


Asa: There’s rainbow rainbows… everywhere!

Alden: I know, we made that a couple years ago about insects.

Julian: There’s a hole in the wall so we can hear them singing the fishy song!

Uhura: I hear friends behind that wall.  I think they’re doing a dance party!

Vanessa: I saw diamonds!  I love diamonds.

Jax: How do you have play dough in here?

Nora: Where do the smocks live?


Next, children were introduced to sketchbooks.  We will be using them throughout the year to collect art work and individual stories.  Children will have opportunities to share artwork from their sketchbooks with others as we build a collaborative community.  Friends used liquid watercolors to begin designing and differentiating the covers of their sketchbooks.


Aurora: How does the paint dry so fast?

Frances: I see paint.  Pink paint, hooray!

Ahmari: It looks like blood but it’s really paint.

Avery: I’m covering all the white.  It looks beautiful!  Look what’s happening… the blue is going away because I’m changing the color.

Kaylee: I’m painting so much.  I’m working so hard!



Theo: Before you paint, you have to tap off some of the paint from the brush.

Kourtney: The jars are made out of glass.  If you drop it, it will break and it will make a mess.

Brandon: The outside of the sketchbook (spine) looks like a slinky.  It moves!

Elizabeth: Remember when I mixed garbage green last year?  I’m trying that again.





Nazeer: I can teach you how to put on the smocks!  Just go and put your head through here.

Katherine: I’m being so kind with this… I’m sharing the paint.

Adele: I’m so an artist.

Christian: We can share the paint in here, but we can’t share our germs.

Daniela: Be gentle gentle with the glass.



As children finished painting, they began learning about other centers in the Studio.  This week, dry erase markers were available at the easel and Slick Stix were available at the back table.  Friends are VERY excited for the sensory table to open up next week!



Frances: These feel good but they feel a little sticky.

Ahmari: Pop the top back on it.

Kaleb: The erasers are super soft.

Kendul: These look like lipstick.

Theo: I like the Slick Stix.  They look kind of nice and sticky like glue sticks.