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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

  • Shapes Make a Turkey 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 ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2017, 2:32 PM by Carol Grams
  • Apple Trees 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 ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 1:54 PM by Carol Grams
  • "Daddy is a Doodlebug" 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 ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 2:03 PM by Carol Grams
  • More Fingerpainting! As you can plainly see, a little blue and a little yellow (thank you Leo Lionni!) make green!
    Posted Sep 20, 2017, 10:40 AM by Carol Grams
  • 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
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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!

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."

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