“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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Kicking off our herb case study with… a tea party!

Today was a very exciting day in Pre-K as we kicked off our case study of herbs with… a tea party!  Families donated decaffeinated peppermint tea and let us borrow an assortment of tea pots for the special event.  Friends were served tea by the fairies (staff and parents) that were wearing wings, and enjoyed a special snack of fancy tea cookies and berries.

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Neche: Are those the tea cups we made with you?

Leah: It tastes like mint and fairies.

Jose: I no like.

Mouhammadou: My mommy and daddy have tea.  I love this tea party… the tea and the snacks.

There was a lot of excitement after the tea party, which was perfect because two of today’s art groups was working on creating items for their own tea party!  Last week, children made tea cups and tea snacks out of Model Magic.  This week, friends were excited to discover that the Model Magic dried and that they could now paint their tea cups.

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Alberto: It’s sparkly inside, like magic.  I’m doing a really good job… we all are!

Samantha: It’s hard… last week it wasn’t hard.

“I need years to do this big painting!”

Today, the Tuesday art groups continued to work on their large resist paintings!  Friends were so excited to paint standing up and were thrilled with the new liquid watercolors available today for their resist paintings.  Children enjoyed making drips with the liquid watercolors and discovered that when different colored drips intersected, new colors were created!  Below are some photos from today, as well as children’s words… enjoy!

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Braeden: The drip looks like a river… or a tunnel.  It’s an orange tunnel to the Star Wars city, wheeee!

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Phoenix: I’m gonna make a drip spot, a green drip.  It’s part of the roller coaster… the down part.  Hey, it dripped on my hands, too!

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 Haley: The tape is a shield.  It means the paint wont go through.

Jasper: This painting is outer space caught on fire and now the whole world is on fire.  The orange grass is eating everything.  When the sun turns red, it means it’s really, really hot.

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 Mouhammadou: This is my beautiful house… here’s my doggy, Nemo.  He lost his collar.  I need an “M” for my name.  Here’s two bugs… a family of bugs.  See my pets?  An elephant, see I need a house for it.  Nemo needs a house, too.  The bugs are my other pets.  And there’s my family, right there!

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Minna: It’s dripping!  The new colors can drip!  Lots of drips right here.  What happens when you put the wetness on the dryness?  I’m being a scientist, this is my experiment.  What’s gonna happen?  Huh?  Oh, you can still see it!  Ms.Cushner, this is the shark.  And those are the two mouths.  That’s his eyeball, it’s big… and there’s the big wave!  It’s dark blue.  The red on the bottom is blood.  The daddy shark was fighting the biting fish all the way at the bottom, but he’s okay now.

Braeden illustrates “Snoopy and the Pilot!”

Friends have really enjoyed using liquid watercolors with oil pastels and colored tape this week!  It has given me many ideas for upcoming projects and I am so excited to get some of them underway.  Below is a conversation between myself and Braeden about his future career goals and his painting titled “Snoopy and the Pilot!”

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Braeden: Now I need another color to draw in the little triangle.  It’s part of the airplane wing.  Look Ms.Cushner, you just swipe the brush so we don’t waste the paint.  You’re the best artist in the whole world.  You know everything in the whole world.

Ms.Cushner: Wow, Braeden… thank you!  I think you’re a fabulous artist too, and you always take such good care of our materials.

Braeden: It’s because I went to the store, the art store, with my family.  I actually think I’m gonna be the best artist when I grow up.  I got some paints and papers from the art store with my dad so I can practice.

Ms.Cushner: Do you want to be an art teacher or an artist?

Braeden: Not a teacher, just an artist.  I’m practicing to be one now!  See, this is still an airplane… a Snoopy airplane!  Snoopy the Pilot… it’s kind of funny!

“My painting looks like tie-dye!”

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 Today, children used liquid watercolors, oil pastels and tape to create more resist paintings. This is the first time we have worked with liquid watercolors this year and friends loved the bright colors and found it hilarious that they were being stored in baby food jars!  While Neche was working on her painting, she flipped the page over and discovered that the watercolors had bled through to the other side.  By the end, she decided she liked the back of her drawing more then her original flower drawing because “it looks like tie-dye!”