Today we began wrapping up our initial painting explorations. That’s not to say that painting is over, far from it! Now that children are familiar with the technique, the easel will remain open and children will have more autonomy about when and with what they’d like to paint. That said, we some of the children had their first chance with the easel today, and these are their experiences:
Fay and Mimi
Rawls and Charlton
Rawls and Charlton paired up and enjoyed painting again. Each shared an excitement for saturating the page and watching the paint drip down.
At our light table, today, we introduced a new concept: sand drawing. The intention is and was to draw the children’s attention to the light emitting from the table, so they begin to see it as something more than just an elevated table. Ramsey and Fay were particularly captivated by this and both spent time sitting and drawing. Ramsey dragged the paintbrush through the sand, and then introduced shells to his design. He then used the shells to alternately scoop and push the sand to see the light underneath. Fay drew circles with her fingers and after covering a shell with sand, she remarked “it’s a pancakes”.
Family Collages/ Photo Albums
Today the family albums and collages were particularly enthralling. Each took turns sharing what he or she noticed in the family portraits.
Cal: "I’m going on to the next page”
Mimi pointing at her family collage: “Marte, Mimi, Andy, Mimi, Momma, Andy, Mimi, Dadda….”
Fay: “It’s both of my babies! And Coco!”
Ramsey: A car!