We often use loose material compositions in our classroom as a way for children to tell us what they know.
We set out various materials, stones, gems, paper and sticks.
These representations are not permanent.
We take a picture and then the material gets sorted back and the activity is ready for the next child.
This summer has been an incredible journey into the world of art.
It started with a family trip to the Harn museum that inspired explorations into color,lines and shapes, which led to the discovery of different mediums and techniques.We read books about famous artists like, Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and Jackson Pollack.
Somewhere around mid summer we provoked the idea of finding a way to show our art to our families .We talked about our trip to the museum and the children were excited to make an "art show" for their parents and friends.
Our art show was a huge success.
We documented the work that the children did with the intention of making our summer visible to our parents. This type of documentation lets those not in our classroom day to day understand our path; where we started and why and how we ended up where we did.
Our art show was not only an opportunity to show off our beautiful works of creativity, it was also a way to show the children that we val…
We have been talking about the different kinds of water we can find in Florida. There are rivers and springs, lakes and streams which are all made up of fresh water. We have the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, and they are made up of salt water. We talked about the different kind of creatures that live in each type of water.
For this provocation we invited the children to paint the sea.
We used different "shades" of blue chalk and blue water color paint to create a water effect.
Cecelia told us, "my ocean is going to have a lot of waves." Some children drew and painted "coral reefs" and told us stories about sharks and other creatures that live in the sea.