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.
In the studio at the Thompson building, we have been exploring color and light as a part of our Story Workshop. This week, I set up a series of provocations for the children to allow them to see how color and light can help us to tell stories. The provocations included a box set up with flexible LED strips connected to a dial, which the children could manipulate to change the colors, a light table with color mixing paddles, mirrors with gemstones, black paper with oil pastels and colored pencils, and wooden collage pieces.
In Ms. Lauren’s class at the Thompson building, we’ve begun work on a storytelling project that will build off of a lot of our earlier explorations in pop-up books, bookmaking, and storytelling using different materials. Inspired by the work of Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair (http://www.blackbookgallery.com/artists/hari-deepti/), we are making LED-backlit papercut stories. Jeremiah’s first try at this new technique is pictured below. His story features a tattooed octopus made out of air dry clay and a small man in a cave inside a mountain. He drew his entire story on paper first, and then began making the individual characters and scenery out of cut paper and clay. Final versions will be built incrementally using foam core frames layered together to make a box, with papercut layers glued in between each foam core piece. Air dry clay components will be attached to the foam core frame box, and then a floating LED will be positioned behind the box to illuminate and add depth to the story. To see an awesome video of Hari and Deepti making their art, check out: http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/80264938682.
Students from Kathryn’s and Laura’s classes worked with wire, wire tools, beads, and buttons in response to the question: what can wire do, make, or say when it bends? Next week, Kathryn’s and Laura’s classes will head to the IMA to look at some artists who use metal and wire, while Juliana, Bryan, and Jessie will begin to construct buildings made from recycled bottle caps and lids.
In Kyle’s class we painted on feathers as part of our ongoing experimentation with painting.
In Marcy’s class, we used felt collage during Story Workshop to expand how we could show our characters and setting when telling stories.
In Kissiey’s class, we worked with wire, wire tools, beads, and buttons in response to the question: what can wire do, make, or say when it bends?
In Brandi’s class, we experimented with wood collage in response to the question: What happens to a story when it’s not told on paper?
We also went to the IMA to work on flowers in the style of Georgia O’Keefe.
In the last two weeks, we have been exploring wire in a number of the classrooms. Children have learned basic joining and shaping techniques while telling “stories” with the wire. I have enjoyed hearing conversations jump back and forth between storytelling and telling the story of the language of wire. Here is one clear example from Gilliatte:
Latisse: Why are you taking these pictures? Show me.
Ms. Elizabeth: I took a picture of Antonio very carefully sliding his bead down the wire.
Latisse: Oh. Do it again, Antonio. Let me watch.
Ms. Elizabeth: I took a picture of the strategy he was using to make sure the bead didn’t fall off. I took a picture of the strategy you used to pick up the beads.
Latisse: You mean with this tool? I did have a good strategy with that!