“This is the sun, and a red wishing star. This is me at my 5th birthday party. This is my house and that’s me with a crown. That’s my mom and my dad and my mom is carrying a bag with a fan inside. And this is polka dotted water.” - L.
"3 dogs and the owner. All 3 dogs got a treat. The red is under the floor. This is a shooting star." -O.
"This is my house, this is Cora's house, this is Sam's house, this is somebody else's house. I don't know them. These are my neighbors, from down the hill where I live." - E.
"These are race balls. There are lots of colored balls and they bounce and they bounce and they bounce and cut the finish line. The green balls bounce and bump and cut the finish line." - C.
"This is my mom and I'm in her tummy. This is her bun and her carrot sandwich. My dad is watching the fireworks. The blue part is the tornado. This is my mud puddle and the bunny hole. The bunnies are watching the fireworks." - C
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!
Art Studio teacher