We are going to miss all of you so much over these next few weeks, but we appreciate everyone's cooperation and understanding. We hope that we can send you some inspiration for the coming days; ideas for provocations, ways to extend our work in the classroom, things to think about while we're apart, etc.
For now, here are some photos from our work today (and a few from this week):
What is documentation?
"You could look at that [photo] while you're drawing it." - Jack
We've been focusing on drawing quite a bit in the past few weeks. We've been employing new techniques to really get the children to stop, observe, and think about their work. Jen suggested using your first two fingers (pointer and middle) to trace around the shape of an object/illustration before drawing. We've been drawing their attention to colors, shapes they see, how things might move, what are the individual components of the thing they are drawing (e.g. Where do you sit on the boat? How does the tiger smell?). While it can be tempting to "do it for them" or "show them how to do it" or even "model it", we take a step back and encourage them to observe and try, always reminding them that they can do more than one drawing.
Light and Shadow
"Spring breeeeeeak!!!!" - Brown Room
Now, for some ideas for spring break:
**This is not homework! Just some suggestions for avoiding cabin fever.**
1. Draw pictures of your friends (St. John's or otherwise). The children that attended on Thursday received a hard copy of the contact sheet. The photo is below for all others.
2. Still life drawings are an excellent way to stop and observe the details of an object.
Some ideas: plants, flowers, trees, toys, animals, houses, siblings, parents, your neighbors house, etc.
"I'm going to draw a lion, zebra, crocodile, and elephant." - Reed (at snack)
3. "If we drew a map, what would we draw? What do we need on our map?"
Mapping your house, or path through the neighborhood is a fun and interesting way to get the children to think about how and why we use maps.
4. Mapping your house/path to the store can also be done with other materials: string, twine, yarn, paper strips, rulers, etc.
5. Like drawing, painting can be done outside, on the ground/floor, at the table, or an easel if it's available.
6. Have them document their play/work or their siblings work/play.
They love to take photos of their work at school, and the work of their friends. Have them revisit the photos/videos and engage in conversation about what they were thinking about in that moment, or what they were doing in the photograph.
7. How can they/we keep in contact with our friends, grandparents, family members while we're at home? Can we send messages, make phone calls, FaceTime, etc.?
Messages can be made with collage materials, drawing materials, natural materials from outside, etc. A little glue, markers, colored pencils, crayons, pens, etc. can go a long way!
8. Get outside as much as possible!
Fresh air, grass, sticks, rocks, and dirt are all wonderful open ended materials! Well, I suppose air isn't a material we can use to create...or is it? You can use sticks to draw in the dirt, or leaves, rocks, grass, and dirt to make a collage (no glue necessary).
9. Continue reading the blog with your child. Revisit the work we've been doing as a class, and take note of any thoughts, memories, theories, or new ideas they have about the work.
10. Document any experiences you have during this time: people that visit, places you go, things you do at home, things you might eat, books you read, etc.
Again, drawing, painting, photography, videography, etc. can all be great tools for documenting your spring break!