We have also been studying our tree branches and on monday a small group worked with Jen and Rachael observing a branch with buds and then illustrating it. The children noticed some branches are big while others are little. Grace said “The branches are a little wobbly”, noticing they aren’t straight lines at all. Jossie noticed the shapes the branches make when they come together. Children drew what they saw but also tried to imagine things they couldn’t see, like what does the inside of a bud look like?
Today we revisited the branch and Leigh began tracing a small branch on her page. As she tested drawing materials to figure out which would work best for her drawing, she began exploring the different materials and noticing their unique properties. The pencil is lighter than the charcoal and a little more shiny. The markers were the blackest but the charcoal can smudge and smear. Margaret watched Leigh and decided to join. Leigh discovered how to draw with the side of the chalk pastel and showed Margaret her new technique. Both girls agreed to cover the whole paper in black. Jossie and Elle joined and decided to cover their whole paper in black charcoal too.
Leigh and Margaret bring their face close to their drawings to make it "super scary". Then Leigh shared a story about a time she got scared in the night. The children's exploration of materials led to the sharing of ideas and emotions. After the children created their black pages, they agreed it looking at it closer made it scary and began sharing memories of times they were scared.
"If you go like this, super scary!"
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.