“The Light Lab makes it look like a party in here!”

The Light Lab is officially OPEN in the Studio and friends have loved mixing new colors with light and comparing it to all the color mixing they recently did with paint!  Again, a HUGE thank you to everyone that made generous donations during GoFundMe’s “Teacher Appreciation Campaign” last year!

IMG_1963.jpg

IMG_0382.jpg

IMG_1989.jpg

Elijah: Wow, the Light Lab can glow.  It mixes colors just like us!  It’s like were scientists.  I found out how to make purple.  Twist blue an red to make purple!

Santi: I found my favorite color at the Light Lab.

Isaac: By putting all of the knobs up, I made a color that matches the wall.

Julian: I love you, Light Lab!

Theo: I didn’t know that light could change colors.

IMG_1838

IMG_1898.jpg

IMG_1875

Daniela: Twisting the knobs looks like I’m driving a car.  I mixed a fire color!

Bella: The Light Lab makes it look like a party in here!

Alina: Pear, pear, pear… I made pear green.

Betsegaw: It’s round like a pizza.  Look at this… the wall is pink now!  When I get close, I turn pink.

Ahmari: It’s on the wall.  And I see the color on my shirt.

IMG_1840.jpg

IMG_2002

IMG_2055.jpg

IMG_0405

Brandon: All the colors together make white.  This is the coolest thing in the world!  I’m so happy I get to play with it.  Look at all these rainbow colors I can make.

Kate: I didn’t know this was here.  It’s so cool, like a DJ.  Or like your cooking.

Connor: My shirt is the same color of this blue.

Luca: It’s like diamonds in the sky!

Mateo: I want to try to make grey.

IMG_1952.jpg

IMG_2031

IMG_1858.jpg

Julian: It’s like a party… an art party!  Party in the art group!

Alden: I’ll always turn on blue first, because it’s my favorite.  Did you know blue is the color of ice?  And water.  And red is the color of lava.

Nazeer: This is so color-y.  This color blue looks like fish could swim in there.

Asa: Whoa, this thing is so crazy.  If you mix these colors, it makes new colors!

IMG_1926

IMG_2013.jpg

IMG_2034

Daniela: I want to hug it.  I want to tell it “I love you!”

Geo: I make blue.  My favorite color!  I want to make pink.  That’s Hailey’s favorite color.

Stephanie: I see green on the ceiling!

Joelle: I was wondering what was happening in here.  I could see the colors over the wall!  It looks like there’s a party going on.

IMG_0371

Advertisements

“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.

IMG_3846

IMG_0055.jpg

fullsizeoutput_4db.jpeg

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.

IMG_3847

IMG_3856.JPG

fullsizeoutput_4bb.jpeg

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.

IMG_3806

IMG_0062.jpg

IMG_3802

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.

IMG_3803

IMG_3860.JPG

IMG_0070.jpg

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.

IMG_0214.jpg

IMG_3861.JPG

IMG_0075.jpg

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.

IMG_0225.jpg

IMG_0224.jpg

IMG_0218.jpg

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

“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!

IMG_2609

IMG_2748

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.

IMG_2724

IMG_2641

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.

IMG_2607

IMG_2631

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.

IMG_2746

IMG_2739

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.

IMG_2729

IMG_2599

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.

fullsizeoutput_181

IMG_2593

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!

IMG_2738

IMG_2741

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.

fullsizeoutput_17a

fullsizeoutput_17b

“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!

IMG_1560

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.

IMG_1557.JPG

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!

IMG_1558

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.

IMG_1600.JPG

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?

IMG_1562

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.

IMG_1586

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!

IMG_1467IMG_1478

IMG_1593

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.

FullSizeRender.jpg

IMG_1525

IMG_1555

IMG_1599

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.

IMG_1571IMG_1575

IMG_1589.JPG

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!

IMG_1486IMG_1488

IMG_1513IMG_1514

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.

IMG_1518.JPG

IMG_1596

IMG_1532

 

 

“I’m going to make the crying face blue because tears are blue. When I see water coming from the sky it’s blue.”

Phew! We have been so busy with all this color mixing that I’m not really behind on blogging— sorry about that!

A couple of weeks ago, 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.

DSCN9983.JPG

Victor: I made grey. White and black made grey. The sad face is grey.

Autumn: Peach is a silly color.

Luca: When someone makes you mad your face get’s red.

Elijah: When someone’s making a really silly joke, you might laugh really hard and cry at the same time.  I don’t know what color to make that face, though.

Naomi: There’s black in the story and it was a mad page. I’ll make the mad face black.

DSCN0016

DSCN9991

Amen: It’s making it grey. Daniel, you’re right, it’s making grey. Dark grey. You mix up all the colors to make it.

Dafnee: That face feels exhausted.

Eva: I make the happy face pink. It’s my favorite color.

Elliott: I’m using blue for the sad face. Because blue is the color of tears.

Amal: That face feels shy. And that’s a love face.  This is a curious face.

Nydelyn: The face with the hearts is purple because purple is my favorite color. I like purple.

Cora: A smiley face with tears? I loved something so much that I cried.

DSCN9997.JPG

DSCN0012.JPG

Frances: Heart eyes, he’s in love. Pink or red are good love colors.

Elizabeth: White is confusing because then you can’t see the face underneath.

Kai: I’m putting more mad. It’s getting so mad.

Alden: The laughing and crying is a rainbow face. Because I said so.

Eli: Look at this one. I made the sad face pink because I don’t like pink.

DSCN9999.JPG

DSCN9992.JPG

Mileena: The sad face is red.  I don’t like red.

Waju: I made my mad face super duper red. Some peoples face look red when they get mad. I made it super duper dark.

Jayde: Pink for heart for red for aaawwww. Love.

Isaac: I’m going to make the crying face blue because tears are blue. When I see water coming from the sky it’s blue.

Konone: He’s smiling and crying at the same time because he’s so happy. My mom smiled and cried at the same time because she was so happy.

DSCN0020

Eden: Yellow is for happy, for the happy face. Yellow makes me happy. And it looks like a happy face sun.

Drew: This one looks silly. That’s why he’s a clown with a red nose.

Kwame: He’s making a happy face. Do you see he has a beard. He has a ginormous beard. He’s a little embarrassed that he has a beard.

Siah: Happy is pink like in the book.

Dylan: I’m making mad. Red and blue, it look like a rainbow. Look, Siah, I made a rainbow. Because it’s beautiful.

DSCN9981.JPG

DSCN0013

Julita: The heart in eyes is purple.

Anders: I’m putting yellow and white, haha. I feel surprised about that color.

Sammy: I made a wolf color for mad.

Kimi: It’s like your eyebrows are like up, up, up, angry.

Julian: This face is red because he’s angry.

DSCN0011

“I need to take a little break… mixing colors is making me tired!”

Last week, 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.

Daniel: Red monster!  Blue monster!  Yummy colors!

Elizabeth: I can’t wait to mix so many colors for the monsters.

Felipe: Will red, yellow and blue make a rainbow?  The monsters will be so happy!  We made new colors, too.

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.

DSCN9811.JPG

Leonel: We’re going to paint with Colombia colors… red, yellow and blue.

Sebrina: A palette holds the paint.  It’s important.

Finally, it was time to paint.  Children began mixing colors that they thought the monsters from the story would love!

DSCN9797.JPG

dscn9805

Autumn: Look at how I made it…  I mixed red and blue and it’s purple!

Phoenix: That color looks like the color of Ethiopian food.  My mom likes that food!

Luca: Red is the color for love.

Dafnee: Daniel was right!  Red and blue makes purple!

DSCN9815.JPG

dscn9849

Brandon: I’ll mix red and blue and let’s see what happens!

Isabella: How did you make that kind of purple, Elliott?  Does it have more blue or more red?

Cameron: I mixed all the colors… let’s see what happens!  How come when I did all the colors it made brown, not rainbow?

Nydelyn: I made red, like a strawberry red, because I like them.

DSCN9792.JPG

DSCN9789.JPG

Trebor: I want to make rainbow.  Wow, I did it actually!  It’s because I’m an artist.

Cora: I can’t believe red, yellow and blue can make all of these colors!

Frances: I made turquoise with a lot of blue and a little yellow.  Now look, when I put a lot of yellow and a little blue it makes light green, like slimy green.

Bella: I made the color of ducks!

DSCN9793.JPG

DSCN9829.JPG

Elizabeth: When you mix colors, the paint is loud.  When you paint, the brush is quiet because it’s busy.

Waju: I made dark green!  Now I have two types of green.  This one is darker because it has more blue in it.

Eli: I made green because I thinked about it and remembered that blue and yellow would do that.

Kwame: I mixed all the colors and it made brown.

DSCN9795.JPG

dscn9790

Siah: I made tropical blue, how did I do that?

Katherine: Blue and yellow I told you made green.

Anders: I was right… red and yellow did make orange.

Joelle: A little bit of yellow and a little bit of blue makes a little bit of green.

Sammy: I need to take a little break… mixing colors is making me tired!

DSCN9824.JPG

 

“This is like a tiny paint… stadium!”

This was the first week that children came to the Studio for art groups, and we had an absolute blast!   Friends had many questions about the space and materials which made for enthusiastic and busy art groups.

Friends noticed and wondered many things about the Studio…

DSCN9380.JPG

Mariyah: Who’s making that sound over that wall?

Belen: You got a new carpet?  And an easel?  Wow!

Yuri: I hear Ms.Holmes.  Is she in that white box?

Dafnee: I wish there would be a wall so it’s more quieter.

Kaleb: Is this your house?

Brandon: You have a dee-doo dee-doo in your room for the fire drills.

Elliott: You got a new rug just like our class!

Nydelyn: Your bell sounds like the tooth fairy.

IMG_0773.jpg

Alden: Hey, that’s my classroom over that wall!

Eli: Why you got two boards now?

Gionni: This is like a tiny paint… stadium!

Kwame: That’s Mister Skinny Legs skin… do you remember him?

Frances: My very first time in this room!  There’s rainbows in here and now I’m turning into a rainbow!  And seashells! And a magical sink that makes a “bump bump” sound.

Anders: I just stepped on a rainbow!  It was on the floor.  Now it’s on my pants and my pants are actually my pajama pants.

Julian: I love it in this place.

DSCN9364.JPG

At the front table, children were introduced to liquid watercolors and used them to fill more pages of their sketchbooks.  We discussed mixing on the paper (not in the jars… for now…) and how to safely use and pass the glass jars.

DSCN9389.JPG

DSCN9352.JPG

Luca: Glass breaks when you drop it.

Amen: I’m putting the brush in the green.  It stays green that way.  I’ll put the red on top like an experiment.

Mateo: Don’t break the glass so you don’t get a cut.

Isabella: Pass it gently and keep it away from that edge of the table.

DSCN9393.JPG

DSCN9355.JPG

Naomi: Are the jars made out of concrete?

Amal: This is red like red blood on the bandaid.

Trebor: Phew, this painting is hard work!

Jax: Don’t hurt the brush.  Don’t bang it or the brush will die.

Elizabeth: This brush is big, but the one in the pink is small.

Isaac: I can’t believe it… I’m painting with blue!

dscn9376

dscn9402

Once children were done painting, they could self select from the other centers in the Studio.  This week, friends could use markers at the back table, draw and erase at the easel, or build with shape and color puzzles on the carpet.

DSCN9330.JPG

DSCN9322.JPG

Katherine: Let’s do this together because the board is really, really big.  It’s an ice cream cone with chocolate chips.

DSCN9374.JPG

DSCN9397.JPG

* I have many group photos of children working that couldn’t be posted due to the confusion with media releases this year.  Looking forward to getting those lists updated so that more photos can be posted on the blog! 🙂

“I’ll go sad when they go to Kindergarten and I’m gonna cry so loud!”

How is it already June?  This year really flew by!  One of my favorite parts of the year is when I split PK3’s and PK4’s so they can create gifts for their classmates who are either going to Kindergarten or staying in PK for another year.

This year, the PK3’s created their own colors of paint to send to Kindergarten.  The idea is that when children open their easel the first week of school, they will have special colors waiting for them and reminding them of their friends in PK.  We read My Many Colored Days by Dr.Seuss and brainstormed what types of colors friends might want to incorporate into future paintings.

Trebor: Let’s make them pink.  They like it and they be happy.

Eli: Let’s mix the paint and make it like chocolate milk.

Jax: Special red orange.  Really special.  Best day ever.

Cameron: Elijah likes green, let’s make him that.  And Sophie likes purple!

We narrowed it down to two colors per group to create and got to work on our color experiments!  Friends took turns adding colors to jars and mixing until they were happy with the color.  Finally, they assigned each color a name.

DSCN9093.JPG

Autumn: I’m just gonna cry about them.

Jax: I’ll go sad when they go to Kindergarten and I’m gonna cry so loud!

Dafnee: I won’t tell them what we  made for the surprise.  I’ll just say we make a flower!

DSCN9080.JPG

DSCN9067.JPG

Fatima: We can call it lettuce… we grew that.

Amen: It’s turning to dark blue.  It’s turned to dark pink.

Dafnee: It’s getting lighter.  It’s mixing colors.

DSCN9095.JPG

DSCN9099.JPG

DSCN9077

Dafnee: This pink is pink lemonade.  It takes like sweet lemonade and it’s my favorite color.

Belen: C’mon purple, you can do it.

Waju: The stick is gonna turn purple.  Let’s write the names, like broccoli, on the stick so they know!

Kai: I put just the right amount of white.

DSCN9085.JPG

DSCN9089.JPG

Below are some shots of the finished jars of paints and the sticks that show what children chose to name each color.  Along with the paint , we will include a sweet letter that friends wrote.

DSCN9119

DSCN9120

DSCN9121

Dear Friends,

We will miss you when you go to Kindergarten.  Be nice.  You are our best friends but you have to go and make something new.  We’ll miss your singing, I like playing with you and thanks for playing with me.  Don’t worry, when you go to Kindergarten, you will see all our friends.  We could visit you and we could play out back.  Will there be babies in our class?  We’re gonna be in charge of the little teeny tiny kids.  We will be kind to the new friends, and we can help take kids to another classroom so they can find their teachers.  I’ll be a leader, leading them, like you showed  us.  I’ll share with them and show them how to freeze.

We hope you like the paint.  Can you paint one thing for us so we can see the colors we made?  We can’t wait to see what you paint.  

Love, your PK3 friends

DSCN9117

“I look good. That drawing is an impostor.”

As the year is winding down, friends in Pre-K work on end of the year portfolio additions, as well as reflecting on their year and their hard work.  For me this means… self portraits all week long!  I love working on self portraits with children because it’s always so exciting to see the amount of growth from fall to spring… and for Pre-K 4’s, they will have 4 portraits to compare!

Just like in the fall, we began by reading The Colors of Us by Karen Katz and discussing the different shades of colors and shapes that make up our faces.  Children observed themselves in the mirror and matched colors based on what they saw.

DSCN9037.JPG

Ra’Maya: My tooth is loose.  I’ll draw it!

Elijah: I’m the color of honey, but don’t eat me!

Christian: My skin is like chocolate.  My eyes are dark brown like night time.

DSCN9060.JPG

Nneka: My eyes look like football shapes.

Sophie: I’m drawing my hair sticking up in one spot because it’s really doing that.

Zavier: I’m looking fancy in this mirror.

DSCN9056.JPG

Zeina: I’m drawing my flower earring.  I noticed last year I didn’t have earrings.

Mae: I see five different colors on my face.

Zoe: I wasn’t even trying and it looks just like me!

DSCN9048.JPG

Andres: My eyes look like potatoes.  They are mostly round.

Elijah: All of these colors together look like myself.

William: I see three colors on my face like cinnamon, tan and chocolate.

DSCN9036

Waju: Look what I did… it’s me!

Reese: My hair is curly so I have to draw bumps.

Marquis: I look good.  That drawing is an impostor.

DSCN9045.JPG

Kavalli: A mirror makes another you that’s doing the same stuff you’re doing.

Naomi: Stop copying me, Naomi in the mirror!

Jariel: My skin is a little bit brown, like peach brown.

DSCN9043.JPG

William: Whoa, Reese’s self portrait looks like the real her!

Iris: I’m making the little freckle next to my eye.  That’s a detail.

DSCN9052.JPG

Below are a handful of self portraits from the fall and spring… check out all those details!  Apologies for scanning them in backwards, so fall is on the right and the most recent ones from spring are on the left!

0346_0010347_0010348_0010349_0010350_0010351_0010352_0010353_0010354_0010355_0010356_0010357_0010358_0010359_0010360_0010361_001

“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!

DSCN8874.JPG

DSCN8878.JPG

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!

DSCN8864.JPG

DSCN8877.JPG

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?

DSCN8869.JPG

DSCN8880.JPG

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.

DSCN8949.JPG

DSCN8953.JPG

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!

DSCN9018.JPG

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.

DSCN9020

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.

DSCN9023.JPG

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!

DSCN9000

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!

DSCN9028.JPG

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

Ayub: Ink looks like toothpaste.

DSCN8997

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