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.
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.