Shane gave us other good advice. For instance, holding your work up to a mirror can give a different perspective and help you to see thing you hadn’t before. Finding a place to draw where there is simple light, coming from one direction, helps youth see the shapes. Don’t think of your subject as the face of someone you now. Start by thinking about the shapes, and try to draw them correctly. He also gave us some really valuable and inspiring words:
“The secret to becoming stronger artist and learning is to draw, draw, draw as much as you can from life. Draw things around you. Draw your bedroom or your stuffies, or your kitchen. Or if you’re traveling, draw things that you see. Fill sketchbooks and make those little notes to yourself about what you’re seeing, and the whole time you’re doing that, what you’re doing is learning to see. You’re learning to observe, and you’ll see the world differently…Drawing things around you makes you see things differently, and it makes you appreciate all the differences of every unique thing in life, so keep drawing as much as you can.”
Several children took their puppet work to a new level this week, creating sets and developing interesting characters and plots for their puppet shows. The Tucker Room children are great storytellers, and these puppet shows have given them a way to combine oral storytelling with a visual element. It’s also a whole-body activity and deeply engaging. The variety of puppets and stuffed inspired lots of adventures. Using Zoom and Seesaw, we were able to see the puppet shows in various stages of development and enjoy the finished productions together. Watching Leigh's show together on Zoom wasn't exactly the same as being in the classroom, but it was a wonderful experience.
This week’s Build Together session was a relaxed and fun time of sharing ideas and observations, and enjoying each other’s company while we work. The children noticed similarities and differences in their structures and materials, responded to teacher other's work. Charlie and Willa invented a game in which we had to memorize where blocks were places in a structure. Having an up-close and focused view of each other, with more time and less distraction, is one of the benefits of our virtual format. It offers a very different perspective and a new appreciation for each other.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.