PreK started working on water-themed artwork last week. We started out with a crash course on value. I just introduced the basics of mixing with black and white. On our actual project, we used blue and white, but they still understood the general idea. Once the ocean was painted, I introduced chalk pastels. We kept things pretty tame at first, drawing and smudging neatly until we had a nice collection of colorful jellyfish painted on our oceans. After that, I set them free to draw on blank paper, where they explored the joys of smearing chalk. It was messy, but they had fun, and that’s what matters. This week, we started drawing a piece of art by the contemporary artist Sharon Cummings. She paints Koi fish, and we looked at her painting “Pure Koi Joi” for inspiration. The Koi fish drawings aren’t done yet, but they should be finished by Friday, so keep an eye for them in the hallway early next week!
For the past two weeks, the Pre-prepper class has been exploring different materials in the art room. We started with shaving cream, which was a great success. The kids loved digging their hands through it and swirling the colors around. I gave them forks and spoons and tiny bowls to play with as well, so they got to pretend they were baking cakes while they sang their favorite song: Happy Birthday. It was nobody’s birthday, but that was okay. As one of the children told me, cake is good all the time, even when it’s not a birthday. This week, we’ve been playing with glue. I poured white glue into a couple of pans and added a few squirts of color for the little ones to mix up. It was fun to watch their reactions to the different textures. Their shaving cream had been soft and squishy, but the glue was thick and sticky. Most of them didn’t want to put their hands in it, so I offered popsicle sticks instead. They spent a lot of time watching it drip off of the sticks and talking about how slow it was. Of course, saying “Splash!” each time made it much more appealing, even if it was slow to fall.