“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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“I’m using my eagle eyes, but I still don’t know what it is!”

In preparation for looms to be added to the art area on the Pre-K playground, we started practicing with them in the Studio!

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Friends made predictions about what they thought a loom was…

Cathy: A tiger, because it has black stripes.

Mae: Is it a musical instrument that doesn’t make a song?

Miguel: If you pull on one string and it hits another string it might make a sound.  Is it a string xylophone?

Adrian: Is it called scaffolding?

William: A net to catch tigers.

Eli: A spiderweb.

Luke: I remember from last year we used it, is it called a baloom?

Greyson: I’m using my eagle eyes, but I still don’t know what it is!

Nneka: I heard about weaving in Africa!

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And what it could be used for…

Mae: I want to know, can we weave underwear?

Ra’Maya: Can we weave pajamas?

Iris: Could you make it into a coaster?

Miguel: Could I make a little shirt for my little sister?

Destynee: Blankets for the doll baby.

Before friends began weaving on the classroom loom, children used small paper looms to learn the technique.  Friends used skinny strips of paper and wove them over and under the slits in the paper loom, which created a pattern.

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Justin: Over, between, over, between.

Naomi: It’s like a spiders web that’s so colorful.

Autumn: It’s like you go over the hill.

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After practicing on paper looms, friends began weaving on the classroom loom!

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We can’t wait to start weaving on the playground next week!

“Is it a web? It looks like your fingers are swinging through a vine!”

Over the last couple weeks, friends have been learning how to weave in the Studio!  Children began by practicing on paper looms before putting their new skills to the test on the big classroom loom.

What is a loom?

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Daniel: It looks like a guitar.  Or a spider web.

Amaya: Is it a hula skirt?

Sylvie: It’s a stringy thing.  It goes over, under, over, under.

Justin: Is it a web?  It looks like your fingers are swinging through a vine!

Florentina: Is it a door?

Zuri: It’s a loom, I remember it from last year.

Ryler: It looks like part of an octopus.

Chrishelle: It looks like a belt.

Abdoulaye: It’s a guitar, or a cello.

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Kofi: I know how it works.  There are cuts in the paper and the paper zig zags through it.  It looks like a chess board.

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Children that had experience with the loom last year really stepped up as leaders and helped teach their new friends how to weave!

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Phoenix: I remember this… it goes over, under, over, under, through.

Asiah: It’s soft and the yarn makes a pattern.

Logan: It goes “schwoop schwoop” through the yarn.

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“Loom sounds like balloon!”

Friends have really enjoyed learning about the loom and are excited that it will now be a permanent center in the Studio!  About half of Pre-K has used the loom in the first week, and the weaving is becoming more and more beautiful by the day.  Check out the progress over the last week!

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 Demetrius: Whoa, cool… it’s gone!  The string is gone!  There is it, wait, I can’t find it… there it is, surprise!

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Nayahris: It’s so pretty, and beautiful.  It’s like a rainbow.

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 Ty: It’s soft, so soft.  Wow, it’s beautiful!