April 6th, 2022
Lily: Bea, how did you make that shape?
Bea: (pointing to her work) there’s a bowl under here (Assessing her work) It looks like a turtle shell
Bea adds markings to make it more like a turtle
Jade: (testing different techniques) So you cover (the bowl) and put the clay on to make the shape
Jade: I made a moon. I used (different tools. She points to each tool she used) and I used my fingernails (to make the craters)
A Head of the Human Guardian
Upon inspection of our Human Guardian, we noticed it was missing a center piece, its head. How can it protect if it can't see or ear anything? We decided to use the natural materials and sewing that we utilized on the body to create a matching head. But the head needed to have specific dimensions. We agreed that it needed to be round or circle and not too big.
At a certain point, we got a little overzealous...
Lily: Maybe that is too much fluff.
Cate: (Looking at her guardian head) Yea. Too much fluff.
Jade and Bea are invited to join and immediately find materials to add onto the work.
Jade: It needs a mouth and a nose and hair.
Bea: These could be braids. I think it's really interesting hair. She needs to have braids.
Jordan: Bea, take a look a Jade's eyes. What colors do you see?
Bea: Blue! And white and black.
Jordan. Right. The black part is called the pupil. Do you think we could make that?
Bea and Jade: Yea. (they go to the container of buttons) These could work
Our two heads so far (work in progress)
The Message Guardian's Tiles
Cate - If we just paint on it, you won’t see the symbol.
The children followed this process carefully to dozens of clay tiles. As they worked, they recognized the symbols they saw.
Lucas - Here’s my symbol. Jade gave it to me.
Cate - And Lucas gave me mine.
Jade - We don’t have Finlay’s symbol. We made one for him, but I don’t see it.
Wilder - Here’s Finlay’s symbol.
The seasons are changing and it looks like we finally getting into spring. Jordan collects flowers that served as both table decorations and inspiration for our work. We studied the different parts of each flower before we made our initial drawings.
On Wednesday, we returned to our beautiful flowers with new, brighter materials and paints that captured the vibrant color of the flowers. Of course, not everyone wanted to create flowers. Some friends were inspired to draw monsters instead.
Lucas - This is a robot guardian. The watercolors are the skin and the black is the mouth.
Wilder - This monster has fangs sticking out from all the eyeballs.
Jade - It’s a one-eyed monster with buttons. (The buttons are eventually covered by the black paint.)
Cape - This is a monster called Grumbly-Man.
Jade - This monsters loves colors.
Cape - This monster will grow up and eat a trash can.
Jade - My monster is so big…he’s from outer space to the center of the earth.
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