"Remember that I wanted to make a clay butterfly?" - Will, 3.11 yearsn (RR)
These drawings below are from the last day of Brown Room when the children were asked to imagine anything what they might want to make out of clay. Adaline, Will, and Gracie all drew butterflies. Lillian also joined this group and was enthusiastic to think about a clay butterfly.
Gracie, 3.7 years (BR)
There were some things we already knew about butterflies, and other things we had to learn through exploration and research.
"It's got wings." - Will, 3.11 years
"Butterflies have eyes." - Adaline, 3.11 years
"They all have them (antennae). Every single one, and there's something holding them up [head]." - Will, 3.11 years
Designing their own butterflies
"I want to design a pretty pink one. I found a dark pink! Mine will be closed. It will be asleep." - Gracie, 3.11 years
**We learned that butterflies at rest have their wings closed together. The children decided that this meant that they were sleeping and when their wings are open, they are awake.**
"I want to design one like this (blue). Mine is going to have lines." - Will, 3.11 years
"I'm doing a rainbow one. Patterns are dots, right? - Adaline, - 3.11 years
How do you think you will make dots in the clay? - Elyse
"Remember the holes in my [clay] banana?" - Adaline, 3.11 years
"I'm thinking about purple. It's dark purple." - Lillian, 3.5 years
In each of their drawings, you can see symmetry of lines, color, and shapes. They incorporated our new information about eyes and antennae, and each followed through with their stated design choices.
"Clay with Jen." - Eliza (when reading the visual projections)
Today, the children began their work by sharing their designs with Jen.
Next, we began to get our hands busy with the clay. The children all took slightly different approaches to their work, but in the end, they each had a butterfly or two. Jen also introduced us to a new type of wire today which can be fired in the kiln (most wire cannot be fired). This offered a different approach to creating antennae and legs for the butterflies.
The children are going to continue working tomorrow, and even invite others to join them in this work. In the coming weeks, we will also invite the other children who drew designs in Brown Room to make their own clay ideas.
Below are their current butterflies.
Top (L to R): Adaline's flying butterfly (holes in the wings); Will's butterfly with lines (as seen in his drawing); Lillian's 3D butterfly with wire legs
Bottom (L to R): Gracie's sleeping butterfly; Gracie's awake butterfly; Adaline's 1st butterfly; Will's 2nd butterfly