“We could share our bags with our families.  We could even share it with your family, Ms.Cushner!”

As friends began learning about markets in their classrooms, we realized that we needed reusable bags for our school garden market! We began by observing a variety of bags and noticed that most had words, images or both.  Friends also shared with each other where their families had used reusable bags before and what they carried in them.

Kourtney: You could put snacks and food in them.  I do that to go to my grandmas house.

Dayana: You could put things in them to go on vacation.

Declan: I think that bag says “strawberries are sour.”  Or “strawberries grow.”  They put pictures of strawberries so I think the words are about strawberries, too.

Elijah: We should put our names on them.   It could say “Elijah is the best” with no pictures, just colors.  And rainbows.

Africa Grace: We use bags to bring things home from the store or to someone else who needs them.

Cesar: That bag has recycle symbols.  The recycle symbols are the leaves on the tree!

Isaac: Our bags could say that strawberries are healthy, and they’re red.  And that I think hyenas like to eat them.

Theo: A recycling tree!  I think the words say “I recycled your trash into a bag.”

Mina: Sometimes my family uses them to carry a little baby potty for my sister.

Brandon: If you’re going to the park, you could put food and toys inside.

Naila: That bag is from Whole Foods!

Elizabeth: You could put groceries in it.  You could put junk in it and give it to someone to build a monster truck with.

Mason: You could put a lot of books in it.  Or a small lamp.

Kendul: I went to Walmart to get a Shimmer and Shine doll and they gave me a bag like that and it says “Walmart.”

Connor: I want my bag to say “when you go to the strawberry field, you don’t want to pick the rotten ones, you want to pick the good ones to take home.”

Kendul: But we learned a lot about peppers.  It could say “let peppers grow… let the sun let them get juicy.”

Luca: I use those to get food and to give presents to people.  And to carry my beach stuff.

Mariyah: I use bags for putting my clothes in the bag to take to my auntie’s house.  My brother takes soccer stuff in bags.  And you can use it for carrying lasagna stuff.

Sammy: I think the bag could say “you can kiss your family and you can play and go out somewhere with your family… you could go on a field trip with your cat.”

Julian: We know a lot about strawberries.  It could say “you can plant them but you can’t eat them when they’re green.”

Daniela: Bears eat tomatoes, so do persons.  We should tell people that.

Mateo: My mom always tells me to eat my tomatoes.  I want the bag to say that!

Julian: We need to tell people about daffodils.  Let’s say “daffodil colors are not just yellow, they could be white or orange.”

Uhura: I put toys in them.  You can carry them to a far away place if it’s too heavy.

Nazeer: We could share our bags with our families.  We could even share it with your family, Ms.Cushner!

Scotland: Let’s tell them that some peppers are spicy and some aren’t!

Asa: If you want to carry heavy things, it’s a good thing to use!

Ali: My grandma has a bag like that.  It’s orange and green.

Amie: My dad got a bag from a drawer in the kitchen and put my swimming suit in it!

Jax: We could say “we’re tomato experts… when tomatoes turn brown, don’t eat them and that tomato seeds grow in the plants!”

Joelle: We can write “no picking flowers or they will die and the roots won’t grow again.”

Abbie: Strawberries have seeds and they have a stem.  And a little flower that’s white.

Irvina: I want to tell families that tomatoes grow on vines.  They don’t grow on trees.

Phew! Once we began brainstorming about our bags, we decided it was best to share information about the plants in our courtyard garden that each class became “experts” on.  Children came up with slogans and then voted on their two favorites at Morning Meeting!

Elijah: Peppers grow on vines.  They all start green but when they grow they turn to different colors.  They can grow upside down.

Africa Grace: We made strawberry jam.  It’s good on crackers.

Isaac: Strawberry jam is kind of delicious and kind of not.

Theo: Ketchups made from tomatoes.

Leba: Daffodils don’t move.  They’re not animals.

Mina: You can make sauce with tomatoes.

Kate: Peppers look like teeth.

Luca: Strawberries have 102 seeds on them.

Mateo: It’s OK to eat the tomato seeds.  Nothing bad will happen.

Briana: Some strawberry seeds are yellow and some are black.

Amie: Tomato seeds look like raindrops.

Friends began doing observational drawings of tomatoes, strawberries, peppers or daffodils to add to our garden market bags.

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Mason: I want to try to draw this daffodil.  It’ll be hard for me.

Julian: Count the petals so you know how many to draw.

Nazeer: I see a little curve, a little circle and another curve.  There’s a down line next to it.

Joelle: I have a really challenging one.  There are so many daffodils to draw!  It’s like I’m at work and I have to focus really hard.

Abbie: I’m adding a flower because I see a flower in the picture.

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After children voted in classrooms, we began writing the words to accompany the pictures on the bags.  Friends chose if they wanted to write in their regular handwriting, or if they wanted to try writing with fancy letters.

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Connor: I only have to write three letters and the “s” is so easy.

Luca: I gave the “r” a little hat.  That’s silly.

Montre: Fancy letters are like if you want to give a letter a mustache.

Amie: I put sleeves on the “L” and that’s silly and fancy.  And I turned the “S” into a bear.  I put ears.

Alina: I made ponytails on my letters.

Kaleb: I turned my letter into a tomato head!  And I made the “M” in tomato into a rainbow.

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Next, we transferred our text and images onto a piece of styrofoam to use as a stamp!  Friends mixed ink, rolled it onto the styrofoam stamp and pressed it onto their market bags.  We hope you enjoy using them to shop with at the PK Garden Market on 5/17 from 9-10 am!

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Declan: Ink feels soooooo sticky!

Kourtney: Wow… it’s on the bag!

Mina: It’s kind of hard to roll ink but when you roll it, it turns smooth.

Naila: Oh, I think I know… it’s gonna stamp on the bag!

Aaron: Ink is so messy.  But it’s so good.  I’m working really hard on it.  That is a big, big, big stamp.

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Kendul: Roll, roll, roll… roll the ink!

Luca: I can’t wait to take the bag home after the showcase to use at REAL markets!

Katherine: The ink gets very scratchy.

Gerson: The stamp is getting so covered.  It’s like a bulldozer.

Julian: I know it’s going to go on the bag.  It looks beautiful!

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Adele: I saw someone paint a wall with a rolling tool like that.

Geo: My mommy… she gonna like this!

Asa: Rolling the ink sounds like a lawn mower.

Briana: It’s hard to make the ink flat.  It’s easy to make it have lines.

Amie: It sounds like a cat is walking around and scratching with his claws!

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Additional market bags, tea towels and seed balls will be for sale at the PK Garden Market tomorrow (5/17) between 9-10! See you there!

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“The carrot looks like my brother with a fade on his head!”

Currently sitting in jury duty, and it seems like the perfect opportunity to blog about another canvas bag design process as we gear up for Friday’s Market!

There was so much enthusiasm around printmaking from the Sunflower and Fern groups after learning the processes during our figure drawing study that it seemed like a no brainer to incorporate these skills into our Expedition!  Friends began by observing details of fruits and vegetables under a magnifying screen or with magnifying glasses.  As friends observed the produce, they sketched what they saw onto pieces of styrofoam, creating their own stamps!

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Zoe: Whoa, these strawberries are huge!  Look at all the seeds.

Luke: Look at those big things.  The magnifying screen makes the beet look ginormous!

Briana: It makes them look so big!

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Elijah: The parsnip looks like the carrots cousin.  One is taller but they smell the same.

Mae: The strawberry is a “V” shape.  Let me check if there’s anything I missed.  I’m looking closely at the leaves.

Nayeli: Do beets have dots or just lines?

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William: People are going to flip out… the drawings are so good!

Elijah: The carrot looks like my brother with a fade on his head!

Mae: The pepper has little lumps on it and some little dots.  My stamp looks like a pepper party.

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After two weeks of creating styrofoam stamps, it was finally time to print on our canvas bags!  Each child chose which of their stamps they wanted to use, the color of fabric ink that accompanied them and the layout of the bag.  Friends are so excited to shop with their bags at our Market, as well as outside of school with their families!

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Trebor: My tomato is on my bag!

Miguel: You have to push hard so it goes on and is bright.

Zeina: I want to make mine a pattern.

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Sarah: This is my bag.  I can buy the focus spray and the seed balls and put it in my bag.  It’s gonna be mine and I’m gonna keep it forever and ever.  My own bag!

Reese: This is going to be my perfect bag.

Marquis: The carrots look cool on here.

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Ryan: My bag… oh yeah!

Carlos: I’m making my strawberry green so it’s not ready to eat yet.

Mae: This stamped the best because I pushed down hard and it made the brightest red.  It worked!

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Nneka: It feels like I’m ironing.

Carlos: I can already see the red pushing out when I roll on my stamp.

Zavier: We’re doing like teamwork to make the bags!

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Rayyan: The fabric ink makes a scratchy sound when you roll in it.

Ayub: Ink looks like toothpaste.

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Here is a small sampling of bag designs… Enjoy! See you at the Market from 2-3:30 on Friday!

“The okra looks like a flower!”

As I shared in my last post, friends have begun working on designing canvas shopping bags for families to shop with at our Market on May 20th!  Lavender groups have spent the last two weeks exploring fruit prints and have had a blast stamping with various produce!  Between the two weeks, we tried printing with 15 different fruits and vegetables so that we could narrow it down to the shapes, sizes and patterns we wanted to incorporate into our bags.

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Cathy: The okra looks like a flower. Celery makes likes like foot prints.

Kavalli: I got a seed from the apple.  We can keep them to plant.

Naomi: The grapefruit is the biggest, and broccoli looks like popcorn.

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Jariel: A green lemon… I mean, a lime!

Issabela: It makes bubbles! Poppy, poppy, pop!

Kai: The potato went splat.  I want to try this again!

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Siah: Broccoli makes little spots.

Jax: Like Mister Potato Head!

Isabella: Celery makes marks like the shape of a moon!

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“I knew it would be good… I told you!”

6 days until our Spider Showcase! The first half of this video is from week one when children were working on spider web Gelli prints.  The second half of the video is of friends stamping their hand carved spider stamps from Styrofoam!  Make sure to stop by the Studio next Wednesday to see all of their work around spiders!

“Mine looks like a masterpiece. It looks like the Northern Lights!”

Over the past few weeks, friends in the Yellow art groups have been continuing to learn about and experiment with different printmaking processes.  Children spent two weeks working with Gelli plates, which are durable, gelatin printing plates that allow you to create monoprints over and over again.  This is the first year that I have working in the Studio with this material, but am so happy that I was able to take a class on it and introduce it to Pre-K friends!

How does the Gelli plate feel in your hands?

Sylvie: Soft like the ground floor.

Sophie: Like peanut butter and jelly.

Mackenzi: Ooey gooey.

Zoe: Whoa, it feels like jello!

Nneka: Squishy wishy.

Justin: Is it a jellyfish?

Abigail: Don’t squeeze the Gelli plate or it’ll break.

Next, friends began by putting a few small spots of paint on their Gelli plates and then rolled the paint over the plate with a brayer.

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The first week that we worked with Gelli plates, children used different types of stencils to make patterns and images to transfer to their paper.

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Next, children laid down a sheet of paper and applied pressure with their hands to transfer the paint.

Chrishelle: I remember… what you stamp will be on the paper.

Ryler: You can never make the same thing again.

Sasha: It’s so pretty it’ll make my dad cry!

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While friends were learning about this process, Ms.Lewton, the Head of the Art Department, stopped by and children had the opportunity to teach her how to use the Gelli plate.

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The following week, friends used finger stamps to create marks and images on their Gelli plate.

Miles: The finger stamps are boinging on the Gelli plate.

Reese: I like how squishy the Gelli plate is.  The paper gets stuck to it because it’s sticky.

Zoe: Mine looks like a masterpiece.  It looks like the Northern Lights!

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This week, children signed their finished prints for their portfolios!

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What! Stamping with Legos?

This week, Tuesday art groups continued to learn about printmaking by creating Lego prints! Friends explored shape, line and pattern while stamping with these materials and enthusiasm continued to build around the process. For the next month, children that come to the Studio on Tuesday’s will continue to work with a variety of printmaking processes!

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Sophie: They make the same shapes!  Small and big rectangles.  It makes it look cool!

Mouhammadou: You can use little Legos to make little buildings.

Ryler: I made vegetable prints at home with my friend!  She thought it was so funny!

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Miles: You can use all three sides and they all look different.  They make different shapes.  I wonder how you can make clouds?

Chrishelle: What!  Stamping with Legos?

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“Celery looks like a beautiful paintbrush!”

Between selecting work for portfolios, and ice skating adventures, it feels like forever since we’ve been able to get messy in the Studio!  The week following winter break, children selected their favorite piece of art from the first half of the year for their portfolio.  At the end of the year, they will share their work with their families!

Today we kicked off a long-term printmaking study with the Yellow groups!  Printmaking is one of my favorite processes to teach, and I’m excited to try out some new techniques that I learned during my intensive study this summer in Greece!  We began by brainstorming what children thought printmaking was…

Abdoulaye: It’s like making footprints with something.

Florentina: A print is a stamp from a stamper.

Mackenzi: Is it like a printer?

Zoe: I think it means you print out pictures you already made.

Logan: You can print things that you love!

Friends had many great guesses and were excited to use different types of stamps to explore printmaking.  Children were curious about the process, especially when I brought over a tray of fruits and vegetables and explained that these would be the materials we would print with today!

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Ryler: It smells like celery in here!  Are we going to have a taste test?  Is that why we need smocks?

Bennett: Can you print an apple?

Friends got right to work on their fruit and vegetable prints.  Children explored shape through the organic patterns in the fruit, as well as color mixing.

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Chrishelle: You can stamp to make a picture of a snowman.

Sasha: You have to get the food dirty.  Real food!

Mouhammadou: I’m making a caterpillar out of celery.  Celery looks like a beautiful paintbrush.  It makes a different kind of painting.

Miles: I’ve painted before, but never with a juicy orange!

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“They will think it’s so beautiful and they will just fall down!”

There’s just one day left until our Herbal Market and friends are getting excited to showcase all of their hard work!  Today in the Studio, children finished printing their herb greeting cards that will be sold tomorrow at the Market.

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Ezekiel:  Awesome, look at mine… it’s on the card.

Braeden:  I rolled the colors and they look like Barcelona colors.

Ebbisa:  The drawing is going to stay on the paper I think.

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Alexia: The roller sounds like the sound when I itch my head.

Jasper: All those people will fall down when they see our artwork.  They will think it’s so beautiful and they will just fall down!

Gabriela:  It’s harder to mix then I thought it would be.  When I roll it I can see my picture much better!  How did you get the amazing idea to do this?

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We hope to see you all at the Herbal Market tomorrow, May 6, from 11:30-1:30!