TGIF from the PK Art Studio! This morning, we found a spider in one of our baskets and it was very, very exciting! (The video has been edited down from 30 minutes to just 3… enjoy!)
Thank you for the Beautiful Junk that you have shared with us! Friends have already begun working with these found materials in the Pre-K Art Studio and in their classrooms. Over the last week, art groups focused on familiarizing themselves with the materials that are now available to them and sorted the materials into different categories. Materials will now be easier to find and when families have more Beautiful Junk to share, they will know exactly where to put the materials! Thanks again for sharing all of your Beautiful Junk with us!
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.
Over the last few weeks, many families have donated Beautiful Junk to the bins outside of the Pre-K Art Studio! Children have been working with the found materials both in the Studio and in their classrooms. Since materials are constantly moving throughout them, the Beautiful Junk bins have become disorganized. It seemed that to know what we needed for projects, we first needed to know what types of materials we had available to us. During Art Groups this week, children have been and will continue to explore found materials such as fabric, cans, bottle tops, stamps and boxes that we now have the opportunity to work with. Next week, bins will be labeled based on the children’s categories to make materials easier to find. Here are some highlights from Day 1 of Beautiful Junk sorting!
“It’s junk but it’s still being used by kids.” -Jasper
“It’s beautiful… other people may not like it because it’s junk. We can use paper and make designs with it! Or build!” -Neche
“How did this break? I think we can still use it… it’s not trash.” -Samantha
Mariah and Wallace comparing bottle tops based on size, shape and color.
Jasper working on a collage incorporating transparencies, paint chips and plastic ants. He stated that he was making a celebration cave for the ants!
While sorting, Neche began filling plastic containers with corks, plastic eggs and bottle tops. She taped the top shut and then compared the different sounds with Chris. “It sounds like metal with a little plastic… like music!”
In one of the Beautiful Junk bins, AJ and Samantha found a stack of envelopes and date stamps. They began by pretending to work in a library and checked books out to their friends. After all the books were checked out, they pretended to be mailman and delivered letters to their friends.
Samantha: These are important things for me. Letters and envelopes. They have important news.
AJ: We have to stamp all the letters so they get to the right people.
Samantha: I’ll write, you stamp.
AJ: We are mailmen. Here’s your letter. We are delivering the mail… stamped and all! We can wrap them with ribbon to deliver.