The children of room 3 at the Gilliate building have been studying light and shadows, and the correlation to photography. In continuing their explorations, they photographed themselves, teachers, peers, and items within an isolated area of the studio. In this area were large mirrors, small hanging mirrors, flashlights, and transparent items that were used in manipulating their photography in ways that would promote their curiosity!!!
Patrick: I see a shadow.
Where did it come from?
Patrick: The light, because it’s dark!
In continuing our light and shadow explorations, children from rooms 3 and 5 went out to find, and materialize their shadows! We took turns tracing each other’s shadows and then filled the outline using spray bottles of paint. We observed how our shadows moved and discussed where they went when they had disappeared. We weren’t sure if we’d ever seen a blue shadow before!!!
Arden: The shadow is gone because the light is gone! The sun is light and your body is darker than the sun.
La’Miya: It movin’ because we walkin’.
Juai: I’m spraying the shadow.
We are making our shadow blue! Have you ever seen a blue shadow before?!
As if having a classroom at the Indianapolis Museum of Art wasn’t enough; we are thrilled to be able to collaborate with the IMA and its teaching artists!!! The TAG program gives students a chance to visit and explore the museum, its grounds, and to implement newfound ideas into their explorations back at school. With our first visits, students from our Thompson and Lab School sites have shown great intrigue in visiting the grounds, collecting natural materials, meeting new animal friends, and connecting their findings to their artistic ambitions!
As the children become more and more acquainted with their schools and classrooms, new interests are becoming ever so apparent. From these interests blossom provocation, investigation, and discovery. From these bloom each child’s individual understanding of how THEY learn best. In fostering this continued growth, we have been exploring new and familiar artistic mediums with which we can support the fascinations of each classroom. Whether it has been while photographing plant life in support of botanical studies, or simply having our first experiences with clay and the firing process… watching the children play the largest role in their own growth and learning is truly an incredible thing to behold!!!
It has been an amazing experience getting to know all of the children at our different sites. The energy and eagerness to engage with artistic provocation has been inspiring and I can’t wait to see what magnificent ideas blossom in the near future. In the meantime, we have been exploring materials that will become staples in the children’s studio experiences… and that support the amazing, child-driven themes of our classrooms!
This week we wrapped up our monthly visits to the IMA at the Gilliatte building by heading out to the 100 Acres Art and Nature Park on the grounds of the IMA. While at the 100 Acres, we had the opportunity to look at several large-scale installations as well as enjoying the opportunity to run in some wide open spaces. The children were particularly intrigued by the floating island or igloo house in the middle of the lake, and the tunnel leading up to the Park of the Laments, which has a pretty awesome echo chamber.
In Juliana’s class,we worked on placing our clay people in the city we are building. We made a platform for some of our buildings, and added papercut buildings to the city. Next week we will add LED lights to backlight our city.
We enjoyed a visit from Phil O’Malley, a guest artist, who helped the children to make paintings in response to the book, Who Makes the Sun Rise.
In Kyle’s class we constructed people out of clay as part of their human body exploration.
In Marcy’s class we worked with Fimo clay to construct small clay pots that will serve as small hanging planters to add some “spring” to the classroom.
In Kissiey’s class we began construction of city buses out of clay. Next week children will work with family members to build larger scale buses out of air dry clay.
We visited the IMA and spent time in the studio playing the drums and painting in response to the music. We enjoyed a special visit from a guest artist from Uganda, Sister Sabina.