April 20 -24, 2020
Journals, Books, and Stories
This week, KW children worked on various types of books. Our Tuesday Zoom call was dedicated to journals. We began with reflecting on art journals together:
Louise - Art journals are for all of your art.
Lily Bieligk - You can make books and do something like color in them or do art in them.
Louise - On the last day of school in Rainey Room, when I came home, I showed my whole family.
Louise went on to show us a few pages from her KW journal from last year. There was a page dedicated to friends that featured their photos, a page called "Wonderland" with family drawings, and a pink page. Maren then presented her new journal, saying, "This is my notebook that I made. All of them (the pages) are blank." Clearly it was time to get started.
As we worked in the journals, Jessica showed us a "happy accident:" a place where some paint had dripped unexpectedly. Sally chimed in with a creative and compassionate response. "Maybe you could turn it into people, because it looks like people to me. My friend told me if you make an accident, it still looks pretty. It's like a masterpiece. It doesn't have to be perfect."
From there, children suggested prompts that we could add as we worked. These included a star (possibly a rainbow star), a house, and a butterfly.
Thursday's Zoom encourage mark making to sound and music. Joslin responded with marks, but also with descriptive language. She said, "I heard a grumbling sound," and mentioned another noise sounded "...like a choir. Like when somebody dies." Indeed, it did sound very somber.
The children's graphic responses were unique. They used wavy lines, spirals, swirls, and shapes. They colors were also varied as they represented the sounds and music.
A Quick Look at Other Experiences
"Hard times require furious dancing."
On Thursday, we made marks to sound and music. There was also some movement! Luke McColough and Ellee Sale were dancing. Grace M. was snapping. Louise had some fancy footwork, and Lou Lou's head was bobbing. To keep this going, next Friday's Zoom will feature a dance party!
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