October 31, 2017

Our little friends have been very busy inventors, painters, and explorers!

*Leaf Collage Invitation*

Continuing our study of leaves and fall, we used our huge leaf collection to collage! Our Wednesday friends organized our leaves for us according to color which made it easier to choose which leaves we wanted to use for our masterpieces. This exercise was a great way for our minds to warm up in the morning as it took some good imagining and planning to foresee our leaf collage creation. We found that it was a little difficult for us to use the leave...

October 5, 2017

A new season brings new changes and new experiences!  

*Shadow Hunt*

We went hunting for shadows on our nature walk! We read Lines That Wiggle before our walk which helped spark our hunt! Our friends enjoyed looking for different kinds of lines to trace.  

*Outdoor Creative Play*

Thanks to the beautiful weather we have had a never-ending opportunity to explore invitations outdoors! Introducing liquid watercolors to our friends encouraged them to invent new colors. We delved further into shapes by studying circles. We painted cylinder tubes and used p...

September 19, 2017

What a fantastic start to our Monday group! The past two weeks have been filled with laughs, questions, discussions, and walks!

*Together Time*

After we all have physically arrived at the studio, we take a little bit of time together in the morning to fully arrive as individuals who are ready to learn! We began writing in our Whole Child floor book by brainstorming about how we felt on our first day.  

*Outdoor Creative Play*

We have been lucky to have BEAUTIFUL days to spend outside moving our bodies! 

*Hide & Seek*

Our Monday group is particularly f...

June 28, 2017

Another great day at the studio! Painting, beading, tying, observing,and learning all day!

Day 3:

*Together Time*

We began our day our usual way with coming together as a group. We reviewed the day before and added comments and ideas to our book.

Sketching plants that we noticed earlier while on our nature walk!

Families will able to see our book during our mini art showcase! 

*Prism Catchers*

Today we explored light and rainbows. We learned about prisms from our friend who taught us during our Together Time! (You can see the video on our Facebook page...

June 23, 2017

Today may have been the last day of camp - but we went out with a MESS!!! Gross Motor Body Painting is my favorite style of painting and I couldn't wait to share it with my new friends. 

Our campers and their families arrived to a mini showcase of our group projects from this week!

Day 4:

*Gross Motor Body Painting*

As the campers arrived they could participate in a group painting activity to get their toes ready for some action!

We HAD to take a photo of all of our messy faces!

And of course that meant we had to take a silly one too!

*Creative Play*

As...

June 22, 2017

Another gorgeous day for us to explore in the sunshine! Continuing with the campers' interests we organized a fun-filled day for all!

Day 2:

*The Slug!*

While setting up a ramp invitation outside I found a slug on a tunnel. Thankfully, around that same time our campers began arriving because I knew they would love to see it too!

As we observed the slug's movements on the tunnel we came to the decision that we should try moving the slug so we could see it up close and sketch it.

We learned how to use magnifying glasses to zoom in on the slug! We notice...

June 15, 2017

What an absolutely positively terrific Thursday!

Day 4:

*Mindful Morning*

After some Bunny Breathing we walked our dogs. :-)

Yoga zombies slowly rolling up from their forward folds.

There was a competition to see who could be the slowest zombie.

*Clay Creature Painting*

The campers concentrated on getting their characters just right!

*Nature Shadows*

Using some of the materials we had collected during our nature walks, we printed and stamped with leaves on our spray watercolor masterpieces.

The campers were excited to experience the stamping magic!

The natu...

April 21, 2017

Today I had the pleasure of working with students at a local child development center!

Originally, I had planned a whole other project based upon print-making, but somehow I had forgotten to bring the most important art material...paint. A car trunk full of art supplies and yet I couldn't find any tempera paint! HA! 

Good thing there is always Plan B! 

I scrapped together a variety of wood objects, wood disks, and glue. Luckily, I had managed to find one tube of black tempera paint hiding out under some tote bags. Put them all together and we would...

May 5, 2015

 Beautiful art created by the children at the Chestnut St. YMCA!

 

Art made from loose parts. An activity that involves building and painting!

 

 

 

May 2, 2015

Ice painting is by far one of my most favorite art activities! It’s always a kid favorite as well! So much inquiry and intrigue is created with this activity!

 

“Where is the ice going” the kids want to know? Which of course brings upon the conversation of what happens to ice when it melts? As we discuss how ice turns into water we then have more thoughts about where does ice come from……”did you make the ice” they want to know? I answer “Yes in a freezer”…..”I have food in my freezer” one child announces! So we learn that we can freeze things other...

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