During the summer session, we made a collaborative rainbow mobile to hang in the art studio. Nearly all the preschoolers helped with one or more elements, as we painted branches, pine cones, and corks, added sparkle, then tied everything together with yarn and hung it from the ceiling.
"Well first I cutted and cutted the opening until it fit. I put lots of tape loops. Then I taped the opening because it had been cut though to get to the opening. I put the little beads on the tape loops. I was thinking about showing mommy that I could make my own bracelet without any help."
Independent jewelry design and creation - way to go, A.!
"I made a robot. I made the face with a color - side to side on the flower. I made the arms and legs with straws. It's a sunshine."
"I made the inside of the sewers. This is where the water goes in. The water is holding on for lots of months. These little drops have taken 20 years here at the ground of the sewer."
These two boys painted side by side and obviously share an interest in sewers. They had a lively conversation about pipes while they painted. I love the way they showed the lines and motion in their paintings.
"This is the sewer next to my house. The orange part is the pipe. The brown part is a snake that fell into the sewer. There was a snake who lost his skin in our yard and then he said "uh oh, I'm going to fall into the sewer, ehhhhh!" When you're about to fall, your tongue hangs out and your teeth hang out. All this blue stuff is water going through the pipe."
C. came in every day this summer and painted a castle. Some days, Cinderella's castle, once Jasmine's castle, and finally, the Beast's castle. "It's very beautiful!" she told me. I loved watching her castles evolve and chatting with her every Tuesday and Thursday while she worked.
The other fantastic series of paintings was E.'s series of spiders. The 5 day class was interested in spiders and made webs and read books about spiders. E. came in to paint, and when I asked her to tell me about her painting, she answered with one word, "spider". The spiders just kept coming every day - in different compositions and colors. Then came a surprise "4 spiders"! Finally, "2 spiders, a butterfly, and 2 lines".
Usually when painters come to the easel, they just start to paint from the jars that are already there, and then ask for additional colors as needed. C. is particular about having a whole rainbow of colors before she starts painting, so I surprised her by having her easel all set and ready to go when she arrived.
On her first few preschool paintings, she made a line of rainbow dots, and then said, "I'm done!" She started with her line of dots today, as you can see in the beginning in the bottom left photo. Then she left for music, but came back to add more shapes and colors. I love the way many different mark-making techniques are represented here. It is a painting to be proud of, Miss C!
Pair painting is a popular choice in the art room. It is often less about the end product and more about the social experience. The painting becomes a game, or a conversation, or a series of compromises. Sometimes it is inspired by a shared experience, like M. and B.'s painting of the May Pole dance.
Then comes the discussion of custody of the painting. Sometimes side-by-side painters request for it to be cut in half. Sometimes the pair makes a second painting, so they can each take one home. Sometimes there is a discussion of shared custody- "I'll tell my mom and you tell your mom and we can share it."
Snippet of the fascinating conversation the girls had during painting:
H: "We're making a rainbow that takes over the world."
A: "I want to tell you that the rainbow is invisible. All you have to do is climb up it and slide down it and then you can get to different worlds."
H: I thought we're going to have powers when the rainbow is camouflaged... When people stepped on it and they didn't know, they got stuck on it and shot into another world."
H: This is going to be so so awesome! Let's be best friends forever!"
A: "I think we're done painting."
H: "No, lets keep going until all the white is covered. One time, I painted a painting all red and then purple until all the white was colored and then I took it home."
A: "That sounds awesome but this is even better!"
H: "But who will take it home??"
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