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Texture and Little Artists

Little Artists explored texture this week. We have learned about Claes Oldenburg and his funny sculptures. From fuzzy Popsicle to the ice cream cone on top of a building (he is always a super easy sell to the kids, no matter how old they are).

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Then we explored different textures and created a mixed media collage of a burger. Kids loved to cut and glue all the different materials onto their super-tall burger! I pre-cut the pieces to make it easier for the kids. We had papers with punched holes for cheese, green plastic bags for lettuce, red streamer for ketchup, foil for fish… a lot of stuff for everybody!

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After that we started working on one more project: cake candle holder. I love engaging kids with clay. It is very different that play dough and I believe it is important for them to be able to explore that difference. They pinched it, rolled it, squeezed it and when it resembled a shape they wanted, they added small details with a stick and stuck a candle in the middle. When the creations dry in a couple of days, they will paint it.

If you would like to learn more about Oldenburg, clay cakes, paper food and much more food-related fun – check out October’s issue of arTree.

100th Day of School with a Burger

Today, in our art docent program – we have celebrated 100th day of school with Kindergarteners! And what better way to do it than to take them all for a burger? Especially since they make it themselves and then can proudly hang it on the wall.

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We talked about Claes Oldenburg and his Store (gallery where everything was for sale, even the register). We have followed October issue of arTree and discussed how he created ordinary objects in a fun new way: dropped ice cream on top of a building, huge soft fabric cake, fuzzy Popsicles, plastic fries… and a BLT that you have to build every time you want to move it.

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And then we went on creating our burgers. It is a great texture exercise as well! We used paper, streamers, foil, foam, plastic bags, cardboard and more. Don’t they all look delicious?

Art of the Ancient Egypt

This week the preschoolers and I have visited Africa… and Egypt!

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We have looked at pyramids and some real Egyptian artifacts from SAM museum! Then we made our sarcophagus collage with colored papers and gems (as you can imagine they all loved the gems!). I also brought my hieroglyph stamps and some self-hardening clay and we made beautiful plaques with them (and again, some gems!).

And what lesson about Egypt would be complete without mummies? Since these kids are 3-5 years old, I decided to do something age-appropriate… we got a lot of plush toys and a lot of toilet paper and wrapped them all up! We had dog mummies, bear mummies, baby mummies, pink unicorn mummies… it was pretty spooky – and the biggest hit of the day!

 

Little Artists travel the world: America

In the last two weeks I have started working on (and teaching based on) new curriculum for the preschoolers: art around the world (and through time). So far we have visited two continents – America and Africa.

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We have visited Plains Indians, learned about pictogram and played a matching game. We have also decorated a teepee we would love to live in and created a headband with real feathers. Kids had a blast and all but one did not take their headband off… at all. They also loved listetning to native American flute and talking about customs and traditions.

Monster-making workshop!

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Halloween is getting closer so it was a time for the monster-making workshop! It was a lot of fun! We created so many monsters that I cannot even list them all here… we use purple watercolors and straws to create purple people eaters, eyes, noses and mouths from magazines to create collages of you spooky monsters, we made monster puppets and cookies.

We also played some games. We carried big, fat spiders on the spoons, we threw flies into the (masking tape) spider web and we used balloons and static electricity to make our tissue-paper ghosts fly! We danced and snacked, listened to a story… and all of that in hour and a half. I would just like to know if the kids were as tired as me! Probably not!

Alexander Calder’s Nose Monsters

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Alexander Calder invented more than mobiles – he invented nose monsters! 

We made those with the Little Artists as well and they loved them! We Just took a paper rectangle (with a little hole in the middle) and drew eyes and mouth. There was no need to draw the nose because that was going to be their real one! I even brought a mirror for them to see how spooky or funny they looked.

Now we are ready for Halloween!