When children indicated which workshops they wanted to participate in this year, they mentioned "tile." Today we worked on one interpretation of that by using clay slabs or tiles. Clay is a beloved material, and everyone worked on a tile today. The work involved poking or cutting holes into clay slabs. Once these pieces are fired, children will "sew" with thread, wire, yarn, and various other materials through the holes. Children approached the task in different ways. As you can see in the above photo, Caleb methodically made neat rows of holes in his clay. Tegan went for a circular pattern with one hole in the middle and others around it. Tommy chose to incorporate many ideas: circular and linear arrangements of holes. Other children used a more random approach to the experience. We look forward to adding the other materials when the slabs are fired sometime next month.
Journal Work Continues....
Enthusiasm for journal work ran high today as well. Some children participated in the dice game, while others wanted to pursue their own interests. As they work, children encounter, and often solve, problems. Today, Will noticed a hole in one of his pages. Although he earlier said it was fine, today he wanted to fix it. He came up with he idea of making another mark, which created symmetry on the page. At other times, children work with materials and create something so special that they don't want to add it to their book. For example, some children made kites today, and wanted to promptly take them home. One friend proposed a solution:
Tegan - I have an idea, you can make your kite, attach it in your book so when you go fly your kite, the book will hold it down so it doesn't blow away.
Although her friends remained somewhat skeptical, most of them chose to leave their kites at school. We will be spending time solving other art journal problems as the week continues.
Much like children demonstrated different approaches to the clay slab, children also approach their art journals differently. We have noticed that Maisie will primarily add materials around the edges of the paper, rarely going over the words. Today she explained the thinking behind her process:
Maisie - Yeah, I really like going around the edges because I don't just like black and white, I like color. I'm color-y. It looks more practical to me (Not covering up the words on the page).
....And Wire Continues as well.
Children added to their sculptures today, using all the wire techniques they worked with last week: twisting, bending, looping, poking, and making knots. While most of this work is individual, Sam and Lou Lou took a collaborative approach today as he invited his good friend to work with them. They made sure they were in agreement, before making any changes to the sculpture.
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