In the spirit of the spooky month of October, each preschooler made a multimedia monster. First we used watercolors to paint monster bodies, then we glued on googly eyes. The next day we added fur, horns, tails and other details with oil pastels. Coming back to a piece of artwork twice gives students the chance to evaluate how they can make their artwork better and more interesting, and using more than one media allows for experimentation with how art media work together. Some students gave their monsters names and stories, but all of the monsters had lots of personality!
Photos by Lindsey Turnbull Evans and Kirsten Williamson
Our first all-school art experience this school year was styrofoam puff sculptures. One of my goals in September is to make sure all our new students feel comfortable coming to work in the art studio and learn where to find the art supplies that they need. For this project we learned about the word sculpture, had fun seeing how tall we could make our puffs stack, and painting them once they were dry.
I love to see the pride and satisfaction on the students' faces when they take an idea from start to finish in the Art Studio. All these projects - from countdown to Christmas calendar, to portrait of a recycling truck to a painting of a super sandwich - were based on the students' interests and ideas with minimal help from me.
217 prints in four days! Wow! We were busy printmaking in the Art Studio last week. Each student made an edition of prints from a pencil drawing.
Once the drawing is carved into the styrofoam sheet, artists roll ink onto the styrofoam. We put a paper on top of the ink and give the paper a good back rub to make sure the ink is transferred. Then, the best part - peel the paper off and admire the print!
We love the feeling and sound of rolling the sticky ink back and forth. We started with the primary colors, but ended up creating new colors as the mornings went on.
Several students came back to repeat the process more than once. They became the experts who could help the beginners at the table. Now that we have many experienced printmakers, I think there will be more printing fun to come as the school year continues!
We love to watercolor paint at preschool. Many students have experience with painting from watercolor trays either at home or at school.
I introduced liquid watercolors in jars with only the primary colors - red, yellow, and blue. These colors can be mixed to create all the colors of the rainbow. The liquid watercolors provide bright, rich colors, and are easy to mix and blend on the watercolor paper.
The students don’t need directions about how to mix colors. They are naturally curious to see what happens when colors mix and blend, and it becomes creative play - and that play produces beautiful results!
The October fall colors inspired our marble painting colors. We had such fun moving the boxes to roll the paint-covered marbles across the papers.
More October inspiration came in the form of pumpkins and squash to draw and paint from. I decided to display both pieces together because the colors and textures were so lovely and fall-like.
We are lucky to have an awesome long counter in the studio dedicated to open-ended creating. The kids love to have space to spread out and socialize while working side by side with their classmates. Many collaborations and wonderful conversations occur in this area each morning.
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