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What I Learned in Studio Today

Imagine an art room, filled with materials and tools.  An orderly ‘disorder’…there are just so many units and objects defining line, shape, color, form, motion, texture, pattern, direction, orientation, scale, angle, space and proportion!

Now imagine the room filled with young learners, 3 years of age, waiting patiently with art smocks on, seated, keenly following instructions, asked to “sit please” with hands folded in their laps, while the paint pallets, paint brushes and water cups in front of them,  beacon these tiny hands to get into the thick of it…but they do not.  The children are listening.

They are listening to the atelierista explain, a pumpkin, its stem and the vine it grows on.   The children are asked to remember the pumpkins they had begun to paint during their last Studio class.  Heads are nodding as the memory of their painting comes back to them.

Investigating Leaves in JK

The JK children’s interest in fall leaves has escalated. During their first Investigative Research session with the SK children, they went searching for colourful and different fall leaves.

Their first task was to really look carefully at the leaves: colour, shape, and type. They then had to choose a ‘favourite’ one that they wanted to sketch in pencil first, and then use their ‘real colours’ to make the leaves ‘look like real ones!’

Grad Mosaic Ceremony

Our 2010-11 Graduates returned to Richland for a special morning gathering where they presented their hand-crafted mosaic stepping stones as a gift to our community. The stones will be placed in our...

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A ‘Rectangle’ of Friends in JK

Today the JK embarked on a ‘collaborative progettazione’, exploring the realm of ‘Relationships through Friends’.

A poem was read to introduce the unit of interest.

Several questions were asked of the JK children and recorded for documentation:

  • What do ‘friends’ do together?
  • What are you going to draw about ‘friends’?
  • What are you going to show or tell about ‘friends’?

Apple Printing in PK

The PK children experimented with colours, numbers and shapes while printing with apples.

They selected paint colours based on the apples that they had gathered- yellow, red and green. They carefully cut open the apples in different directions, and the children excitedly counted the seeds that became visible inside. In one apple they counted up to six seeds!

Sebastian was amazed to see a “star shape” in the middle of the apple after we removed the seeds. Some of the red and yellow paint mixed to form orange, and Alexia exclaimed “Apples can’t be orange”!