“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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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* 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! 🙂

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“You have to look really hard. Diggers do that to find the bones.”

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.

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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!

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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.

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“It’s amazing to use all the colors you want to make the color you want to make the most!”

Art groups are in full swing in the PK Studio, and we’re continuing to work with and learn about new materials every week.  This past week, friends used liquid watercolors to make paintings.  It was exciting to paint with watercolors after learning about tempera paint, because it allowed them to explore their similarities and differences. Friends enjoyed watching the paint settle into the paper, as well as laying colors to create one of a kind paintings!

Before we could begin painting, friends practiced putting on smocks.

Siah: Good smocks!

William: Darby, let me help you with your smock.  It goes like this… long part in the front, short part in the back.

Reese: We wear smocks so we don’t get our clothes messy.

In the PK Studio, we keep liquid watercolors in glass jars.  Before we began painting, friends shared what they already knew about glass, and how to handle working with the fragile material.  As you can see, children really covered all of the bases in regards to using glass jars in the Studio.

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Adrian: Don’t be rough with the jars or they will break.  Jars are like a small bottle.

Mae: If you drop the glass it’ll break all over the floor and it could hit your foot and your foot could get bloody and you will cry and the paint will be gone.

Ra’Maya: Glasses have glass in them, too!

Sophie: If you put the jar hard on the table, it could scare friends and also break.

Selwyn: If we pick the jar up and throw it in the air, it would make a mess and it would break.

Zoe: If you drop the glass it could break and you could step on it and your foot would bleed and you might not walk and your foot could fall off, so that’s why you have to be careful with glass.

Friends also learned that if we want to mix colors, we mix colors on our paper and not in the jars.

Sarah: Don’t put the pink brush in the blue jar because it’ll mix it all and no one can use the blue anymore because it’ll change to purple.

Luke: You can’t trick us… we know the green brush goes in the green jar!

Nayeli: I always don’t put the pink brush in the blue.

Jax: Do I put the orange in the yellow?  Nooooo!  Do I put the orange in the blue? Nooooo!  Do I put the orange in the orange? Yes!

Finally… friends could get to work on their masterpieces!

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Naomi: If someone comes in, we could tell them they can come paint with us!

Marquis: The pink paint disappears when I put it on the green.

Zavier: This yellow paint is sparkly and golden.

Christian: Mister Skinny Legs, look, I’m painting Mikey Angelo.  And Mister Skinny Legs is like “OMG, I didn’t know Christian could paint the Ninja Turtles!”

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Carlos: It’s amazing to use all the colors you want to make the color you want to make the most!

Iris: How do watercolors dry so quickly?  Maybe if you blow on the painting, it’ll dry up.

Miguel: This yellow looks sparkly like pirates gold.

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Nneka: That color looks like emerald.

Madison: Mine is beautiful because I know how to paint really well like an artist.

Elijah: This looks like fern green, which is like our art group!  It’s a light green, it’s fern green.  Can I call you Ms.Fern?

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Florentina: Watercolors get sucked up into the paper faster than other paints.  Look at the back of my paper… the paint sucked all the way through to the back!

Isabella: Paintbrushes love the watercolors.  They look like they are swimming in an ocean of pink paint!

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“Your room is adorable!”

It was a very busy week in the Pre-K Studio as friends began coming for art groups this week!  For children that were Pre-K 3’s last year, they acted as real leaders in showing new children around the Studio.  We spent some time noticing, wondering and asking questions about different spaces and materials that children noticed in the new space.

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Cory: I hear those teachers.  I hear Mr.Duque.  He’s in the wall writing his name.

Maia: Your room is adorable!

William: My sister be here in your classroom before.  Can I stay here for a long time?  Can I sit on your carpet?

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Sylvie: Wow, we’re here!  We’re at the Art Studio!  Guys, you just have to see this!  There’s a rainbow on Ms.Cushner’s table.  When it’s really sunny out the rainbow’s come out from the window!

Luke: The Studio has a hole in the ceiling so it’s next to our class.  The wall attaches to our classroom.

Garumma: I can hear people!  Other kids!  They are under the wall?  This is so interesting.

Once we explored the new space, we came together and learned how to work with watercolors! It was exciting to paint with watercolors after learning about tempera paint because it allowed them to explore their similarities and differences. Friends enjoyed mixing their own colors on palettes and experimenting with making colors lighter and darker.

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Jose:  Why do they love water?

Marley: The water is turning green.  It’s from the green paint.

Claire: Always clean the brush first.  Oops, don’t forget!

Mouhammadou: That’s not nice to the paint to not wash the brush.  That’s not kind.

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Maceo: Are you ready for bath time, brushy?

Mae: You can’t trick us.  We’re smart.

Justin: Give the brush a bath to get clean.  Kids do that too.  Dip it in the water, then put it in the paper, then put it in the water again.

Once friends were finished with their paintings, they had the opportunity to observe and draw a large flower arrangement that were leftover from an event this past weekend.  The flowers are beautiful and had many different smells, textures, patterns and colors.

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Daniel: That plant goes up and down like a hill.

Luke: They are so soft… when I touch them they feel nice.

Alberto: I found another match.  This crayon matches that flower.  I see little flower seeds on the table, too.

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Roman: They smell like roses.

Justin: The flowers smell like vinegar.

Amaya: Are there bugs on them?

Florentina: Are there bees in there?

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“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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“I love how it feels in my hands!”

Happy Monday from the Pre-K Art Studio!  Today, Monday groups learned how to make their own paper!  Friends enjoyed the hands-on process and are looking forward to seeing how their paper will look when it’s dry.

We began by looking at some handmade paper, and children discussed what they thought the material was.

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Matteo: It looks like a painted rock.

Jaslene: It think it’s some kind of paper.

Logan: Did it come from the moon?

Ebbisa: Is it cardboard?  It’s like were recycling.

Miles H.: Feels like a blue snowflake that can bend and break a little bit.  I can use it as a fan.

Jasmine: Looks like seaweed and feels soft.

Next, friends ripped up all different types of paper into small pieces.  We used different colors of tissue paper, paper towels and pages from magazines.

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Once all the paper was ripped small enough, we put it all in the blender.  Next we covered the paper with water.  Friends likes using squirt bottles to soak all of the paper!Image

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And then… we blended it!

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We brought the blender back over to the big table and observed what types of changes had happened to the paper when it was blended with water.  Friends learned that this was called paper pulp and couldn’t wait to begin working with the material.

Kofi: It looks like spinach now… yuck!

Paris: I think when we turned on the blender it turned the paper to paint.

Daniel T.: The making machine made it look like juice.

Next, friends put screens on top of small bowls and scooped out a handful of paper pulp.  They spread the pulp on the screen and pushed as much of the water out as they could!  It was surprising to see that the water in the bowl was no longer clear, but dyed the color of tissue paper they used!

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Jaslene: It turned into watercolors… let’s paint with it!

Roman: I love how it feels in my hands.

Miles F.: I did it!  The water’s in the bowl now, not in the paper.  It has to dry to be paper.

Ebbisa: All the juice is coming out.

Finally, friends pressed the paper between sheets of felt to get rid of as much water as they could.  Some children chose to paint with the colored water after they finished, which they compared to watercolors!

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We can’t wait to see how our paper looks when we dry!