WELCOME TO THE KINDERGARTEN
“The experience of beauty is always associated with hope and art.
It is the promise of happiness.”
Translated from the Italian
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The children have continued to work on their animal stories and have been focusing on the illustrations rendered in colored pencil. We have also been enjoying creating other kinds of books to put in their story boxes. At present we are exploring color families. With a range of folded, colored paper at hand, the children have been choosing colors that they like and have let their hands and scissors transform the paper. We have been creating warm color books and cool color books. We have also decided to save all of the interesting and unusual cut-outs to use in collage.
We have recently begun to explore earthen clay during Studio. For many in the group, clay is a familiar medium and an enjoyable one to revisit. For others, exploring with earthen clay is a new experience. For all of us, clay offers many possibilities. During the coming weeks, we will explore clay together and the children will fashion horses using this medium.
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse is the latest book written by author/illustrator Eric Carle and is a tribute to the German Expressionist painter, Franz Marc.
Blue Horse I
~ Franz Marc
"Thought is not merely expressed in words; it comes into existence through them."
~ Lev Vygotsky
We have been enjoying reading many of Eric Carle's books together. Together we watched the video, Eric Carle:Storywriter and learned more about Eric Carle's collage method directly from the author/illustrator himself. The children have recently created storyboxes using repurposed cardboard lunchboxes as the foundation. They used a variety of handmade papers and a selection of tissue papers designed by Eric Carle for the collages. The boxes will eventually hold books that the children are composing.
In September, the children in grades K-5 and Lower School faculty members visited the Johnston Landfill. This trip ignited many conversations about materials and the disposal of waste. Each day, many of us receive one newspaper or perhaps, even two delivered to our home. After reading the paper, someone may be used to finding another use for it, but what about the plastic bags that are part of the delivery? The newspaper bags come in an array of colors depending upon the publication. We found them to be just perfect for a weaving project.