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We Begin the Rainbow Rotation

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

Ms. McCool and Mr. Ginsburg have 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.  

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.  

I feel lucky to also have lunch with Mr. Thayer's class on Day 2 and I get to have nap with both classes, also on Day 2!  I will be well rested for afternoon art. 

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  • World Making The House project goes three dimensional!  With clay sculpture, children experience concretely how a shape can go from a flat rectangle, to a form in space.  Their whole imagination becomes ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2017, 8:00 AM by Carol Grams
  • Welcome to Our House So far, our leading shape has been the circle.  We used circles to make loons, balloons, cardinals, and a few other things.  Squares, rectangles and triangles helped us put together ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:23 AM by Carol Grams
  • Loon Collage We began with the lake, powder tempera sprinkled liberally on water-washed paper, with a few bright fish.  The handsome loons are simple shapes on black paper, decorated with loon ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2017, 10:52 AM by Carol Grams
  • They Are Roosters! To celebrate 2017,the Chinese Year of the Rooster, we made fold-print roosters.  
    Posted Jan 27, 2017, 10:42 AM by Carol Grams
  • Dreams and Wishes for Martin Luther King Faith Ringgold's beautiful book, "My Dream of Martin Luther King," is the starting point for this project. Her paintings highlight his character and the story of his powerful message ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2017, 7:36 AM by Carol Grams
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World Making

posted Apr 18, 2017, 8:00 AM by Carol Grams

The House project goes three dimensional!  With clay sculpture, children experience concretely how a shape can go from a flat rectangle, to a form in space.  Their whole imagination becomes involved in placing their house in an environment, and building a world around it. 

Welcome to Our House

posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:23 AM by Carol Grams

So far, our leading shape has been the circle.  We used circles to make loons, balloons, cardinals, and a few other things.  Squares, rectangles and triangles helped us put together these lovely house paintings.  I couldn't decide if I liked tempera paint, or tempera cakes best, and I think the answer is both.  The rich paint has beautiful colors, but the watercolor cakes allow the delightful drawings to peek through.


Loon Collage

posted Jan 27, 2017, 10:52 AM by Carol Grams

We began with the lake, powder tempera sprinkled liberally on water-washed paper, with a few bright fish.  The handsome loons are simple shapes on black paper, decorated with loon dots.


They Are Roosters!

posted Jan 27, 2017, 10:42 AM by Carol Grams

To celebrate 2017,the Chinese Year of the Rooster, we made fold-print roosters.  

Dreams and Wishes for Martin Luther King

posted Jan 27, 2017, 7:36 AM by Carol Grams

Faith Ringgold's beautiful book, "My Dream of Martin Luther King," is the starting point for this project. Her paintings highlight his character and the story of his powerful message.  Children are asked to think about his ideas for making the world a better place in their own terms.  

Beautiful Birds

posted Jan 12, 2017, 8:35 AM by Carol Grams

At all ages, building on previous knowledge deepens learning.  Preschoolers created a collage bird for their birch tree and cardinal project, and in this activity, their birds became three dimensional constructions.  Inspiration came from Chris Haughton's wonderful book, "Shh! We Have a Plan."

Preschool Pots

posted Dec 14, 2016, 9:00 AM by Carol Grams

It is never too soon to start teaching about Minnesota's rich tradition of handmade pottery! Well, we didn't get that far into it, but we did make wonderful knee pots. The glazing was simple, with two choices; Moss Green or Clear.  Then a beautiful jewel in the middle - a glass glob. Texture was the focus of the project, along with the forming technique.

Birch Trees and Cardinals

posted Dec 13, 2016, 11:04 AM by Carol Grams   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 8:24 AM ]

We looked at birch trees and noticed the black lines, where the bark wraps around the tree.  Children made big lines on black paper, and then turned the paper to paint the white lines for a sort of wrapped around look.  We painted all sorts of red on another piece of paper, and the next art that paper turned into birds, using our reliable circle shapes.  The rest was cutting and pasting, and stamping snowflakes.  

Pumpkin Faces

posted Oct 17, 2016, 1:12 PM by Carol Grams

After reading "Little Blue and Little Yellow", we had several projects where we mixed yellow and blue to make green.  For our pumpkin project, we made orange with red and yellow.  Making the beautiful colors with fingerpaint was a wonderful part of this experience.  To make the faces, children used a combination of ready-cut shapes and some they cut themselves.  

Apple Orchard

posted Oct 4, 2016, 9:06 AM by Carol Grams   [ updated Oct 4, 2016, 9:49 AM ]

The children visited an apple orchard, and then of course, we had to make one of our own.  In this project, the children had a chance to recall and reflect on their experience.  It was very vivid, since we were able to make the art project on the very afternoon after they came back from their exciting trip. It was fun to see their excitement as they created their juicy apples and made big brushstrokes to form the branches. Look for them hanging in the hallways near the Pre School classrooms.

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