We made initials out of model magic clay for our egg tray collages, and some kids enjoyed it so much that we decided to make the whole alphabet for the Art Studio.
First, we made a list of the alphabet letters, then volunteers stopped by the table to make a letter - or two or three. We checked them off our list as they were completed, and had the whole alphabet completed in one morning.
The next day, more preschool volunteers stopped in and painted the letters with liquid watercolors. Finally, I mounted and hung them above one of our windows. Stop by and check out our colorful creations!
When a family donated a huge stack of these great square egg trays, I knew it would be fun to have all the morning preschoolers use them as canvases. They each painted them - some all one color, some a mix of random colors, some with a carefully chosen and executed pattern of colors.
After the paint, we glued beads and sequins and other bits to the collage surface. Again, some students went with a random design, some a careful pattern, and others just tried to get as much glue as possible into the recessed areas.
Finally, we made intials with model magic clay, and then painted them with liquid watercolors and mounted them in the center of the square.
I love the way the preschoolers preferences show through in their artwork. Some were very interested in the painting part, some added texture and paint designs to their clay letter, and others spend a long time choosing the perfect beads to add as a finishing touch. A few begrudgingly hustled through all the steps so they could move on to working on a completely different project in the studio. Ha! It's all part of the process and part of being together in this creative space.
Our playground and the surrounding grass is bursting with dandelions. We spent some time doing art + experimentation with the blooms. We used rolling pins and hammers to try and transfer the bright yellow from the blossom to white paper. We got mixed results, but it was lots of fun!
Some preschoolers' thoughts about the process:
"I wonder what happens if..."
"My paper ripped because I was pushing too hard."
"The green comes off the leaves, too."
"When you press hard, the petals go inside the paper."
"Look! I found a new idea!"
"My daddy does this at home, too."
"I smashed a fly on mine."
"The flower's juice goes to the other side, like when you jab a marker onto a paper."
Art Studio teacher