Yearbook Order: Order forms were distributed last week and are due this coming week, please message me if you need another form. A yearbook is RMB 200.
Gallery Walk: SAVE THE DATE! PreK Gallery Walk to celebrate our Art Unit and the end of the school year will be on June 7!
Field Day: June 8, more information to come.
Last day for library June 1
PAFA Spring Picnic: 4:00 – 7:00 PM May 26 at the main campus (1161 Hongqiao)
On Tuesday, we went on a field trip to an art studio. Leading up to the field trip we spoke as a class about two different approaches to making art, self-directed and directed. The students recognized that at school they typically do self-directed art but we talked about how the trip would be more of a directed, step by step based piece of art. We discussed the value of both and the kids were excited to try this style of art too. The children really enjoyed the trip and we all made a piece of art that was shark themed. After the trip, we reflected on all of the different steps the students took to complete the work and the variety of materials they included as well. First, they started by painting the background, then used clay to make the shapes of a shark body part. We reflected on how it can be difficult to draw or make an animal with clay but if you think about the different shapes and how they relate to each body part it can help make it less daunting. In addition to using clay for the shark the students also had the opportunity to include coral, seaweed, and other animals in the ocean…a great chance to add their own individual approach. We also used sponges to paint on the clay. Overall, it seems the field trip was a great learning experience and a reminder that we can use multiple materials when making art to help express ourselves or bring our idea to life. Enjoy some photos from our trip.
Last week when discussing how emotions related to different pieces of artwork a number of students referenced color as the reason for why they felt a certain way about a piece of work. We spent most of the week focusing on the primary colors, color mixing, light and dark colors, warm and cold colors. Early in the week we used a number of different forms of color wheels to explore and a wide spectrum of colors.
We found a website that allowed us to select specific colors and a quantity of the color to mix online. This was a great and easy way for students to experiment with how to lighten and darken a color. Feel free to check it out at home!
In addition to practicing online, we also painted a lot this week using tempura and water color paints. Students focused on different ways to mix colors either on a pallet, on their paper, or in a cup of water.
We also did a science experiment called walking watercolor rainbow. We had seven cups, four with water and four without. The two cups on each edge had the color red, one cup had yellow, and the other blue. The remaining three cups were empty of water and color. We then connected each cup by using a paper towel. At each step of adding a paper towel we made predictions on what we thought would happen.
We let the experiment play out over the next two days and observed to see that water and color traveled through the paper towels and MIXED to create all of the colors of the rainbow from only our original primary colors!
Some students were curious if paint was the only thing we could mix, they wondered about other materials in the classroom. On Friday morning the art table had three different types of paper (white, red, and green) and different things to draw with (colored pencils, crayons, markers, and craypas). During the morning children were able to experiment with all of these different materials to see what type of surface or writing tools were best for mixing colors
On Friday we spent time working with Ms. Miller’s 1st grade students in our classroom in the morning. After almost an entire year the students are starting to really get to know one another and are building some nice relationships, it has been so fun to see these develop over the school year.
The students noticed a new digital clock in the classroom. Previously we only had an analog clock, this new digital clock seems to be an easier way for us to start looking at how to conceptualize time. Throughout the week we talked about the different measures of time such as seconds, minutes, hours, days, and weeks. Throughout the week we would make a reference to both our digital and analog clocks for when certain things in our schedule would occur such as library, music, story, etc. We are starting to understand how to read time on a digital clock and separate the hours from minutes, eventually students will transfer the knowledge from the digital clock to the analog. We also borrowed an analog clock from a first-grade class to experiment with.
On Friday, we paired up with a two Preschool Classes to create an outdoor classroom. There were many different items that are typically in the classroom that we brought out for students to play with. A tent had books to look at, Magna-Tiles, and Bristol Blocks were available on a red carpet, one table had dot paint, and butcher paper was spread out with crayons and markers for drawing. All of this in addition to our usual offerings of water play, and painting. A student commented that “It’s like the classroom was brought outside!”