This week, we brought the overhead projector into the black and white areas (literally in the middle). During the research for the black and white areas, the concept of light was strong. Bringing the overhead projector into the space gave the children an additional source of light (the window and classroom lights being our primary sources). Another consideration was that we wanted to incorporate familiar materials for the children, and we started on Tuesday by brining the Rainey Room A silhouettes to morning meeting.
"We cut them out in Rainey Room!" - C.C., 4.11 years
"It's my mom's light." - Lochie, 4.11 years
"[addressing the whole group] Your moms made them." - C.C
"Or your dads." - Lochie
When we asked the children about how we might use the shadow screen, which they gave a big hug to when they entered the classroom, they had quite a few ideas to share:
"It's like a movie theatre." - Violet, 4.5 years
"We could tell stories." - C.C., 4.11 years
"Put them [silhouettes] on the screen to do a shadow show." - Maxon, 4.6 years
"Put it on, and then the light would show on the big screen. It would show the shape and we would make a show about them." - Lochie, 4.11 years
"Paint them so that they can have colors." - Reed, 4.6 years
"They make shadows on the wall." - Elle, 4.10 years
"Or you could use your bodies to make shadows." - Maxon, 4.6 years
Enthusiasm was high, and the black and white areas were a first plan for many of the children.
The next day
Thursday - Arrangements and Drawing
Lochie started by drawing the tower made of small bed risers and the square grate. When I asked if he would like to add some of the other elements, he immediately added length to his drawing of the black platform in order to make space for the additional drawings.
"I want to help them [build]." - Lochie, 4.11 years
"This is hard work, Lochie; going back and forth [from building to drawing]." - Elle, 4.10 years
Lochie continued to add to the structure, but then he would immediately go to his drawing. If anything had been added, by him, Giacomo, Maxon, or Elle, he would add it to his work. Each time he would look up at the structure and then back down at what he had drawn as though contemplating something. It seemed to me, as the observer, that he was contemplating whether or not he needed to add new elements, or whether or not his drawing matched the current arrangement/structures.
He then stacked two bed risers on top of each other and said, "Now I'm going to draw it." He said that he did not want others to add to this smaller portion of the work, but Elle asked him after a few minutes and he agreed to let her add something. She put the object in front of a structure he had already drawn, and he laughed at trying to add it because it was in front of "his stuff".
"It [building and drawing] wasn't easy, but it was fun because I'm an artist. An artist thinks it's fun." - Lochie, 4.11 years