“I’m making something pretty amazing!”

During the first six weeks of a new school year, children explore new materials in different areas of their classroom.  Learning about new materials is a great way to build relationships with both classmates and new teachers! 

By the third week of school, children were using oil pastels, crayons, markers, dot markers, rock crayons and twist crayons in the art area. It was exciting to compare and contrast these drawing materials, as they all have very unique qualities! Soon, children will begin coming to the Studio for art groups where they will continue to explore a variety of 2-D and 3-D materials.

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Soleil: Why are they called rock crayons?  Can we use them outside?

Hailey: I rubbed it with my fingers.  Now I can draw with my them!

Dayana: The black oil pastel looks like licorice.  This one looks like a minty color.  This one is a peachy color.

Asa: I made a plan for how to build an airplane. 

Africa Grace: When you use the side of the rock crayon, it makes you draw faster.

Nanahi: It twists.  I’m just writing.

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Savannah: I’m doing it.  I’m twisting it up high!

Jair: Can it twist to the ceiling?

Adele: It’s really hard to smudge black.  Maybe because it’s dark?  Look… I’m drawing with my fingers!  The more you smudge it, the lighter it gets.  I just turned red to pink!  You have to scrub it.

Kennedy: All the colors are making the rainbow.

Vanessa: It looks like lipstick.

Sallie Chapel: I’m making something pretty amazing!

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Johnny: I’m busy… busy!

Leba: The top goes there.  On the back!  Click!

Hope: Those are details that I made.  I added arms and a mouth to the ghost.

Sebastian: It turned my finger green.  It’s getting all the colors on my hand!  Look at all the colors on my fingers.

Isaiah: Can you draw with the back of the pastel?

Amie: Put the top on so it doesn’t dry up.

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As children in Mrs.Balk’s class were drawing outside, many began creating treasure maps of the playground.  There was a lot of enthusiasm around maps as children were studying the location of playground structures, the sandbox and the garden.  Children began trading maps with their friends and wishing each other “good luck” as they set out to find treasure on the playground!   

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Frances: I’m going to make treasure maps for Abbie to find the treasure.

Abbie: I’m making two treasure maps for at home.  Zach and daddy are on a team and me and mommy are on a team.

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Art groups begin in the Studio on Monday! Hooray!

Jasper illustrates “the airplane taking the sun to China!”

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This week in the Pre-K Art Studio, we have been learning about the artistic process of crayon resist!  We introduced twist crayons and friends did preliminary illustrations using the new material.  After children finished drawing, they used watercolors to paint over the crayon and discovered that the oil and crayon and the water in the paint don’t mix!  This is always such an exciting process to learn and friends created really beautiful work.

Jasper: At first I was like, why do we need a smock to use twist crayons?  Then I noticed we were using paint to make the colors shine and that’s why we need a smock!

Ms.Cushner: What do you think makes the colors shine?

Jasper: Maybe the water?  These paintbrushes just love the water.  They really love swimming.

Ms.Cushner: Jasper, can you tell me about your painting?

Jasper: The red is the wings and the airplanes taking the sun to China.  What’s happening is it’s nighttime in DC and daytime in China.  The purple stuff is the exhaust.  Exhaust comes out of planes or cars when you drive.  It makes it go.  The red is the fire so it can fly to China so fast.  I put orange on the green crayon and now it’s so beautiful.