Kids' Workshop is thrilled to announce that Remy joined KW yesterday! She got right to work with table setting, drawing, games and grouting! We are so happy to have her with us on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons!
We are continuing to work on the mosaics that will be featured in the school bathrooms...and the end is sight! Although many children had not worked with grout before this experience, they have learned a lot about the process and the properties of the materials involved. Here's some of the things that we heard as children worked.
Jade - It's like cement. It goes between (the tiles) and then it hardens. It's getting grayer, and dark gray. It smells like cement. Remy, do you like what we put on it (referring to the materials used)?
Remy - I like it.
Jade - We put gems and clay tiles on.
Remy - (As she spread grout) I'm streaming it. That means flattening it out.
Jade - I like how you're doing it. Just make sure you don't put it on the red (tape that is covering the holes that will be used to attach it to the bathroom wall).
Cape - Are the colors going to show through? (Cape is referring to the fact that as the grout is applied, it often covers up some of the materials used.)
Jordan explains that after all the grout is applied, we take time to clean the grout off the tiles.
Today, we worked on the last piece of our mosaic. Finlay observed that the grout looked like concrete and Lily thought it looked like chocolate. The children worked with tools and even their fingers to put the grout in place.
The School's Birthday
Across the school, children are thinking about the school's birthday! While we have not officially landed on the perfect gift for the school, the Rainey Room crew knows a lot about portraits as birthday gifts. Some children worked to represent the school with drawing and watercolors.
Making a representational drawing can be tricky! You might remember that last week, Cape set out to draw the sign in front of the school, but wasn't pleased with the result. Undaunted, he returned to the task today. He worked on a first draft, and continued on to a second draft. "I was really thinking about the details," he said.
Cape included many details. To the left of his sign is a dark shape that represents the ramp. To the right, he used green to indicate where the Christmas tree used to be. for his second draft, Cape made the sign larger, so that he could include more detailed ginkgo leaves and the green border of the sign. It's hard to see, but he also included letters along the bottom of the sign. He was working on this diligently, right up until clean-up time! Here's a few other finished pieces.
A little bit of everything else....
Mosaics, the school's birthday, and Jordan's son were definitely the big ideas. Children worked collaboratively on floor puzzles, sent messages to friends and family members, explored color and and design with markers and watercolors, and had fun with group games. Enjoy these images!
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