The last two days, we extended our exploration of natural materials by using them with pain and clay. Visitors to the easel found their paintbrushes replaced by natural paintbrushes constructed out of sticks and leaves. They had a great time learning how to manipulate these unusual tools and experimenting with their different effects.
Children also used sticks, stones, leaves, salt, sea glass, and beans to ornament clay pieces. Children took the experience in lots of directions, some making abstract pieces and other making more literal representations. Yesterday, Kian created an airplane with shooters, and Jack responded by making a second plane with a hole where it got shot. Today, several children made birthday cakes for themselves, family, and friends. Because the pieces could not be fired with all the natural materials inside, they photographed their pieces. The textures of the materials and open-ended possibilities gave them lots of opportunity to observe, experiment, and imagine.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.