Happy Birthday Ragnar!
While Ragnar's actual fourth birthday isn't until August 4, today he had a chance to celebrate with all his friends at school! As always, in preparation for our birthday celebrations, we interviewed Ragnar and created a beautiful gift for him. During the interview, Ragnar told us his favorite material was clay, his favorite things were cars, specially "datsuns because they're expensive", and his favorite color is black. With all this mind the birthday committee got to work!
Because clay is Ragnar's favorite material, we decided to try a new technique to create his gift. Instead of building with clay, as we have all year, we approached clay slabs with the intention of drawing on them. Louisa and Sean were both eager to explore this new method. Louisa really enjoyed using the water bottle to spray the clay and "Erase" her designs and Sean explored the different drawing tools.
Seon explores the drawing technique with a draft slab.
Using images of cars and Louisa's suggestions, Seon drew "a car on the road," " a tree," "the wind" and a "sunshine with a sunshine eyes, a sunshine nose and a sunshine smile".
After the clay had dried, it was time to glaze it. As per Ragnar's specifications we included a grey black glaze as well as a light blue, a bright yellow, violet and a variety of greens!
While the clay tile fired in the kiln, we decided to make some wrapping paper in which to wrap the gift. In the studio, the birthday committee embarked on one of our biggest collages yet! Using watered down glue and monochromatic tissue paper, Louisa, Bailee, Seon, Mimi and Isabelle worked hard to cover the entire page.
Louisa: Let me get some glue. I'm going to put silver first. It's like you're painting glue. I'm gonna fold it and then glue it!"
Seon: I want to try. oooh it's sticky!
Isabelle: What is this page (white paper). Put it (tissue paper) right here, right here Seon!
The finished products: Wrapping paper and the clay drawing.
Today we enjoyed celebrating with Ragnar and his family. They shared some of his favorite stories from home and brought delicious fresh bread as a birthday snack!
Charlton helps Ragnar untie the bow and wrapping on his gift.