A Turn in the Tunnel
As we were wrapping up the work on our clay rat tunnels, Giacomo suggested that we needed "a real turn" in the tunnel. After studying the clay slabs he had rolled out and cut, he shared that he did not know how it would work; how would the clay roll and twist into a turn (curved piece). After a few attempts, we collected the curved pipe from the white area. Giacomo initially added that to the tunnels and proclaimed it to be finished! Not so fast though, it needed to be made out of clay in order to complete our clay tunnels, which will remain here at St. John's! At this point, I reminded him of our new paper armature technique, and this created a spark within him. He was enthusiastic and immediately set to work.
Clay Messages for the new children
"I love to draw." - CC, 5.7 years
Today, at the beginning of morning meeting, Melanie read a book called Ish by Peter Reynolds. It's about a boy who loves to draw and gets frustrated with his work. The children began having a conversation about how they love to draw, and what they love to draw. The first answer we heard when we asked, "What do you love to draw?" was, not surprisingly, "RATS!" This comment sparked a conversation about what kind of rats they love to draw.
1. Unicorn Rats
2. Mermaid Rats
3. Banana Rats (revisiting Janie's idea from February)
4. Cherry, Kiwi, and Watermelon rats
5. Mermaid Unicorn Rats
Naturally, we shifted our plans for the morning and invited the children to the low table to draw these ideas!
Below you will see some of the things we just discussed with you at classroom stories: the imaginative/mythological nature of the rats, drafts of their drawings, versions of rats (particularly on the same page), and the contamination of ideas!
"Airplane Rats" by Giacomo, 5.5 years
CC and Audrey were sitting next to each other at the low table. You can see the contamination of ideas and even similar drawing styles. They also seemed to draw from our previous work and conversations by adding the stars and constellations.
Below, you can see Elle's drafts for her Mermaid Rat
"The Mermaid- Rat with the rainbow paws." - Elle, 5.5 years
Collaborating with Brown Room
Brown Room has been making plaster collage messages for the new, incoming children. Today, a few of the Tucker Room children were invited into the atelier to learn the process from the Brown Room who have become experts.