Sharing Some of Our Work
This morning outside the blue door were two displays of recent Tucker work. Both pods have been exploring creating and transforming objects through collage and materials. Pod B's display focused on their work with creating and exploring machines. Pod A's display were collages were creations made from leaves, magazine images and body parts. It was wonderful to share some of our work in person so families could have a closer look and chat with the children about the process. Jim knew about "Robata," Grace's creation but upon seeing it in person he commented, "I didn't realize it was so big Grace."
This Gallery Walk format is a new strategy we are trying out as a school. It's a way to connect with families since you cannot see the work inside the school.
As a way to further explore the human body, the children traced projected images of drawing figures on large paper. Afterwards they were given free rein to add details to the figure. As teachers, we were curious to see if idea of transformation would could continue - and it definitely did in some of the final products.
Posing and Tracing
Bringing the tracings to life with detail
The Final Images
Outside, Oliver created a minivan and invited Andy to sit inside with him. When other children saw, they wanted to join, but quickly found that there wasn’t enough room. With some quick problem-solving, they decided to add the picnic table on the back. Oliver excitedly named this new creation a “bus”. Then we simply had to decide where to go!
Grace: Let’s make up our place!
Fletcher: Or we could go to Disney World!!
Olivia: I’ve been to Disney World two times.
Andy: I know, let’s go to Connecticut.
Fletcher: It’s gonna take a long long long long long long long long long time to get to Disney World, because that’s how long it took on the plane.
Olivia: My daddy and me walked to Disney World, and it was not a long time.
Andy: I went to Disney World, too. How bout let’s go to Connecticut.
Aida: I want to go to Asia. It will probably take eight years.
Grace: In Asia, this could be our cottage to stay in. Now let’s get in! Let’s pack!
In preparation for Thanksgiving next week, the children chopped vegetables for the soup. It was hard work!
Olivia: Do you smell that?
Andy: Yum I smell it.
Grace: Smells like pumpkins.
Olivia drew a giraffe for Dakota’s birthday committee. She made 3 drafts, using a picture on the internet to compare her work to the body of a real giraffe. The first draft had a beautiful smile but no neck. The second draft had too many legs. But the 3rd draft had a beautifully long neck, a tail, legs, and even giraffe colors. She had a lot of patience and dedication while troubleshooting this image as a gift for her friend.
Oliver and Andy both painted leaves today. Andy used the paint colors to reflect what he saw in the fall leaves, then used a pastel to carve lines into the paint. Oliver remembered our conversation from yesterday and added red “chemicals” to his leaf.