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We Begin the Rainbow Rotation

The six day schedule corresponds with the colors of the rainbow, so…

Ms. McCool has art on Orange, Day 2, 1:30-2:00p.m. and on Blue, Day 5, 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Mr. Thayer and Ms. Carter have art on Orange Day 2, 2:10-2:40 p.m. and on Blue Day 5, 2:10-2:40 p.m.  

Ms. Schoenborn and Ms. Williams have art on Day 3, Yellow Day, 10:00-10:30 a.m. and on Purple Day, Day  6, 2:10-2:40. I feel lucky to also have lunch with Ms. Schoenborn's class on Day 2 and on Day 6.

In Pre-School we often use washable paint, but it is safer to send your young artist to school in not-best clothing, especially on art day.  

Recent Posts

  • Loons and Beaver Lodges Making a playful northwoods environment  in art connects with the preschoolers study of the plants and animals of MInnesota in their classrooms.  They are learning to look at the world ...
    Posted Apr 19, 2018, 10:48 AM by Carol Grams
  • Minnesota Animals: Owls, Raccoons, Foxes For the Lower School Art Show, coming up after Spring Break, each class made a different animal.  These animal portraits are full of personality, and show how well the preschoolers ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2018, 7:35 AM by Carol Grams
  • Do You Speak Loon?     We looked at videos of swimming loons, and practiced our loon calls.  The Loon Lakes are liquid watercolor on wet paper, with a few bright, oil pastel fish.  Thanks again ...
    Posted Feb 27, 2018, 7:40 AM by Carol Grams
  • Up in Our Airplanes!     Another fun cardboard project!  This involved the preschoolers actually cutting slits in the cardboard and putting the pieces together themselves.   They all did it, with very little help and no ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2018, 1:49 PM by Carol Grams
  • Changing the Pink How many pinks can you make with red and white?  Can you make a loud pink? a quiet pink?
    Posted Jan 19, 2018, 11:05 AM by Carol Grams
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Loons and Beaver Lodges

posted Apr 19, 2018, 10:48 AM by Carol Grams

Making a playful northwoods environment  in art connects with the preschoolers study of the plants and animals of MInnesota in their classrooms.  They are learning to look at the world and take notice.

We looked at winter trees and noticed how the branches went from big to small, to smaller.  This was useful when gluing together craft sticks and toothpicks.

We looked at beavers, and noticed the rounded shape, furry texture, and flat tail.  

Our state bird, the loon, is particularly handsome, and the children have created beautiful clay sculptures that show their understanding of the shapes and colors of the loon.  

Before forming the loon with clay, children made a Loon Collage, giving them a chance to experience the shapes flat before they made them round.  The collages are on display in the LS Media Center.

The lodges involved some very sticky, very slimy goo, that the children got to mix themselves.  Many decided it was awful stuff, a few loved it, and everyone created a great mound, perfect for holding up their tree, and sheltering a small, swimming animal.



Minnesota Animals: Owls, Raccoons, Foxes

posted Mar 7, 2018, 7:35 AM by Carol Grams

For the Lower School Art Show, coming up after Spring Break, each class made a different animal.  These animal portraits are full of personality, and show how well the preschoolers are learning to use shapes to create all kinds of creatures.

Do You Speak Loon?

posted Feb 22, 2018, 2:18 PM by Carol Grams   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 7:40 AM ]

   
We looked at videos of swimming loons, and practiced our loon calls.  
The Loon Lakes are liquid watercolor on wet paper, with a few bright, oil pastel fish.  Thanks again to the parent volunteers who really make a difference in our art program! 
    The loons will be hanging for a while in the Lower School Library, in the Picture Book Nook, right across from the Kindergarten Penguins.  They look beautiful there!


Up in Our Airplanes!

posted Feb 22, 2018, 11:47 AM by Carol Grams   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 1:49 PM ]

   
Another fun cardboard project!  This involved the preschoolers actually cutting slits in the cardboard and putting the pieces together themselves.   They all did it, with very little help and no injuries!  We looked and listened to a video of the book, "Away in My Airplane," by Margaret Wise Brown for inspiration, especially for the pilot.  We noticed all the parts of the plane, and details like wheels, wings, etc.  
    Children selected cardboard pieces, put them together, and then painted.  Wheels to help them stand up were added in another class, and then the pilot, some with goggles.  After class,the teacher added a little hot glue to help them hold together a bit better.

Changing the Pink

posted Jan 19, 2018, 11:05 AM by Carol Grams

How many pinks can you make with red and white?  Can you make a loud pink? a quiet pink?

Happy 2018!

posted Jan 10, 2018, 9:04 AM by Carol Grams


Shapes Make a Turkey

posted Nov 8, 2017, 2:32 PM by Carol Grams

A turkey is a complicated subject, but if you can make a spider- and these preschoolers can make a spider- then you can make a turkey.  It's just shapes and feathers.  
Thanks again to the brave parent volunteers!


Apple Trees

posted Oct 3, 2017, 1:54 PM by Carol Grams

In Artville, Preschoolers are introduced to color mixing by reading “Little Blue and Little Yellow,” by Leo Lionni.  Children experience the tactile fun of creating green by mixing blue and yellow fingerpaint.  We then move on to yellow and red, creating orange, also with fingerpaint, (look for some extra snazzy pumpkins).  These beautiful apple trees started with our last color experiment; blue and red.  

Preschool students dropped a sheet of folded up and crushed paper into a vat of blue liquid watercolor, then squirted it with bottles of bright magenta, which stood in for red.  A lovely purplish bloomed on every sheet of paper.  Then gold stamping for magic.

Selecting, positioning, and gluing the tissue paper trees happened on another day, when children were asked to recall and reflect on their field trip to the apple orchard, and what they remembered about the trees.  With trees in place, with great enthusiasm, the apple stamping began.  

Teacher-applied mod podge is the glossy finish.

And a heartfelt thank you to all parents who volunteered to help in Art this year!



"Daddy is a Doodlebug"

posted Oct 3, 2017, 10:50 AM by Carol Grams   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 2:03 PM ]

This is a charming story by Bruce Degan.  The book shows father and son drawing together, and going on many other adventures in bug land.  Children enjoyed making some doodlebugs of their own.  And thank you to the parent volunteer who helped with this project!

More Fingerpainting!

posted Sep 14, 2017, 11:32 AM by Carol Grams   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 10:40 AM ]

As you can plainly see, a little blue and a little yellow (thank you Leo Lionni!) make green!

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