I came here to post a few samples of artwork made in the studio today because all three made me feel thankful to be returning to this space to work with this age group. These drawings show the freedom preschoolers feel with materials, as well as the thoughtful intentions behind their marks - discovered by a simple question, "Would you tell me about what you created?".
"It's for Riley and me. There's a sun and a pool for ducks and a park." - E.
"It's a treehouse. The tape is the ladder." - J.
."There's a little frog on the water on a leaf and it missed its mama because its mama was at home. And there's a little heart because it loves its mama. The snail was alone and crying but then it found a mama." - C
We spent a gorgeous Thursday morning at Harvest Preserve enjoying the first warm day of spring. As one student exclaimed on our hike: “Just smell that fresh air!”
Once we reached the Sacred Stone circle, some kids chose to make a drawing about something they had noticed. They were quick sketches in pen on post-it notes, but wonderful snapshots of the expected (sacred stones, towering and bare trees) and the unexpected (tire tracks in the mud) parts of the hike that had captured the children's attention.
Spending another beautiful spring day at Harvest Preserve filled us with joy! We spent the morning hiking, exploring, singing, playing, and also making drawings together.
We saw and heard many signs of spring at the preserve. Children chose to draw trees with buds, sprouting flowers, bees, birds, and many also noticed the bright blue sky.
We spent a morning drawing our classroom houseplants. Making observational drawings helps artists to slow down and look, notice details, and connect what they see in life with what they create.
Students chose from a variety of planter “picture starters”. This gave them a frame of reference for noticing the connection between the pot and the plant. They chose from markers, colored pencils, or oil pastels for drawing media. We ended up with a lovely variety of lively plant drawings.
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