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."
They 5 day class has been learning about, reading about, drawing and painting trees. They extended their learning in the Art Studio this week by making their own paper. They learned that paper is made from tree fibers, and we used our class' scratch paper to create paper pulp. While we were blending the paper and water, some kids noticed that it was a lot like making a smoothie!
All 5 day students and a few interested 2 and 3 day students had a chance to create a piece of handmade paper. They enjoyed the pouring and sponging process, and were interested to see how the color of the paper lightened after a night on the drying rack.
"We're making new colors. We need green and white to make a new green. You need dark blue and light blue, then you dip your paint brush into the light blue and mix it into the dark blue and mix it again. If you keep doing it, it mixes with the green. You need white and green on the side like I said. Now I'm going to try this color. In alot of minutes you stop mixing it and try all your colors." - L
"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.!
Art Studio teacher