Bubble wrap rolling pin is our one of the favorite art tools. The children created their own interpretation of impressionists' paintings. O chose Van Gogh's Starry Night and S chose Iris Scott's Arcadia (at first I thought it was Van Gogh's painting but later I found that it was different artist's work which seemed similar to Van Gogh's painting style).
I chose Van Gogh's paintings because I wanted the children to pay attention on how he used his brushstrokes to describe movements of moving clouds and swirly wind in the sky.
S (5yrs old) chose the day time scenery picture so she used blue and white, and O (4yrs old) chose night time scenery picture so he used blue and black for the background.
The children used the bubble wrap rolling pin to resemble the impressionists' brushstrokes which depicted bright, shiny light reflection in the scene, and I think it came out fantastically.
S was really careful about her choice of colors and positions of the flowers, and she was so surprised at her own work at the end. During the process, she asked a lot of questions about how to make that moving clouds and she really put effort to it.
O (4yrs old) used bold brushstrokes as Van Gogh did. He was very proud of his work as well. Although Van Gogh's moon in the original painting was yellow, he decided to go with white only because that's what he saw in the sky. From far away, Van Gogh's moon seemed like a full moon, but when they looked at it closely, they found the crescent moon inside the circle.
It was a fun exploration about the impressionism!
The Leaf Project started with mod-podging the dried leaves that the parents brought.
The parents researched the names of the leaves and kindly labeled it on the zipper bag.
Wouldn't it be great when each child brings a leaf (at least) with the name and we get to know at least 6 names of the leaves? I was thrilled about the projects to be unfolded. When I thought we had enough leaves to do several projects, we were ready to take off.
This parent even put air in the zipper bag for not crushing the leaf. How thoughtful that was!
1. "Not a Stick"
At first, we read the book, "Not a Stick!" by Antoinette Portis and the children unfolded their imagination and creativity. I gave each child a twig on a piece of paper and they filled out the rest.
2. Leaf Man
The second book we explored was Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. The illustrations of the book were quite provoking to the children's imagination. We used the leaves, twigs, goggley eyes, chalk markers and oil pastels to make their leaf man. See the funny faces they created!
Little Picasso (3's) children are working hard.
Little Matisse (2's) children are having fun as well!
The leaf-men are as playful as themselves!
3. Fall Wreath
It would be a nice gift for the family and the children were so proud of their works!
4. Leaf Identification
The children are working on the maple and dogwood leaves with pom pom painting.
Making ash leaves required some hand-eye coordinations!
Look at our leaf collection!
Maple, red oak, white oak, aspen, dogwood, sugar maple, elm, ash, aspen and adagio grass, etc.
The oak leaf lacing was fun and the children were persistent to do it. The children were fascinated about the different shapes of the red oak and white oak leaves. They said, "the red oak is pointy and the white oak is round like reindeer's antler!"
Now when they come in the morning, the children gather around the wall and play "leaf identification" with the teachers!
We are so grateful for the parents' support!
The children celebrated 2017 Thanksgiving by making the pilgrim's hats and bonnets. The process was very simple but the result was rewarding. The children were excited about their works and all looked so cute! They loved it because they felt like becoming the pilgrims when they wore the hats and bonnets.
I was glad that the fall has finally arrived but it seems like it's gone already.
The children and the teachers worked so hard for the fall decorations and we are enjoying it as much as we can.
The dolled-up baby pumpkin!
The children painted the stick a few weeks ago and it looked so awesome when we hung it on the wall. The children were soooooo proud of their stick and the colorful pumpkin!
We took the photos of the children with the polaroid camera. The children were so excited to see how the white film paper was showing their images.
The front view!
The close-up view of the beautiful things!
We have so much to do in this autumn but....the winter is already knocking our door.
This year, I really wanted to do a pumpkin art with the children. Carving is fun but it has limitation to work with the young children so I decided to paint it. I got the best looking one from the Trader Joe's and painted it with the primer so the children's paint colors could stand out.
The pumpkin canvas was ready and waiting for the children!
The children were so excited and they painted it very enthusiastically. They commented about each other's colors and loved how it came out.
Messiness is the evidence that the children really enjoyed it!
I coated it with polyurethane just to save it for longer time, but the colors would've been more vibrant without it.
Ta~dah~! This became the great piece for the mantel decoration.
Some of you might want to know how our outdoor classroom looks like. It is a small backyard, but we have many interesting things that draw the children's curiosity and observation.
In sunny days, the tip of this weather stick points up the sky, and in cloudy days it becomes horizontally straight. In rainy days, it points down the ground. As soon as the children come out, they check where the weather stick is pointing and talk about it.
The children love to water the flowers and last week we cut some of them and made a cute arrangement for the table.
The new swing is very popular because the children can ride it with the friends.
These two chimes make very different distinctive sounds. The soft sound of the wood chime and the clear ringing sound of the shell chime make a beautiful mystique ensemble.
And the children's giggles, laughters, screams, squeaks make this outdoor classroom fuller and more fun!
As we encourage our parents to be a part of the children's learning, one of the parents gladly gave her time for the children. She was an atelierista (art teacher) in a Reggio approach school before. I was grateful for her time and the preparation for the great activity, and we had such a great time!
Preparing for the activity.
Nicely arranged materials are drawing the children's interests.
"How can we make an art with a string, the apples, the potatoes and the paints?"
The imprints of the apples, potatoes, sponges, strings....the children looked at the apple imprint and said, "It looks like a sun! Let's make some stars, too!" As per the request, the mom volunteer cut the sponges in a star shape.
Painting together is much more fun than working alone!
B fell in love with painting with a sponge.
It was an ordinary Tuesday. We were thinking about some bright sparkle art project. We had this long, handsome branch sitting in our atelier for long time and decided to clothe it with some fun colors. We don't know how it will be transformed and used at the end, but we are all excited about its transformation.
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