Before the Blizzard of 2016, friends were working on a collaborative weaving in the Studio! All children in Pre-K contributed to our weaving over the course of two weeks. After a substantial amount of work was done, children began observational resist paintings as they noticed how lines differed, based on the type of yarn that children selected. Friends began by drawing different types of lines (straight, wavy, zig-zag, curly, etc.) with oil pastels, based on what they observed. Next, children add liquid watercolors. Some friends painted on top of their drawing, and were excited to see that the pastels were still visible. Other children chose to paint between the lines, filling in the background.
As the year progresses, children will begin longer term projects. When finished, children will be asked to create observational drawings and paintings of their work.
What does it mean to observe an object?
Mae: You have to look really hard. Diggers do that to find the bones.
Carlos: You take down what it looks like.
Selwyn: Observe is when you look and know more about what you’re looking at.
Florentina: You draw what you see!
Ryan: When you paint on it, it looks like fire. It shines.
Ra’Maya: I can see my drawing, but I don’t know why!
Douglas: I see yellow lines that go up and down.
Zeina: The red lines are wavy and the red brown is a curvy line.