Showing posts from October, 2010

Seeing a Leaf

tracing the shape of the leaf, and then examining the lines that are inside it

drawing the lines inside the shape

trying paint as a tool to trace the leaf

painting the lines  leaf

Rainbow makers


Cross Age Interaction

One of my favorite things about this studio is the way children of different ages can work together. Here are 2 stories where 5 year olds show younger children how to make something work. Often, younger children give inspiration to older friends as well.

The Boy Who Loved Shiny Things

There is a boy that I know who loves to ask me for sparkly things for his projects. I tell him that the sparkly things are there for when you have an idea to make some thing that shines, like a light or a star, and then he explains that he wants to make everything shine. He especially wants to glue some marbles to a paper, but the marbles are for playing with on the light table, and not for gluing. He never fails to ask me if he can have a few of those marbles, whether he is making a model car or a picture for his Mom. This time when he got a piece of cardboard and asked if he could have some marbles to glue on it, and I said, "those are for playing with on the light table, not gluing. Why do you ask me for those every day?" He said, "because I love shiny things. I just love them so much I want to glue them on paper and take them home." Now, that was an idea! I asked if he could make that into a story, and he did.

Composing Bad Guy Music

At the beginning of the year, there was a group putting hardware pieces together in their classroom, and as is often the case with 4 and 5 year old children, some of the pieces were turned into weapons. The rule around here is that if you want to play a game involving fighting, you have to find a space for the game and an adult willing to come with you there. I went with a group to find some bad guys to fight, but soon the bad guy became me, and the shooting started to involve throwing dirt, which got in my eyes and made me not want to play anymore.

Later, groups began to come to the studio to make paper bad guys that they could really throw things at. However, after making the bad guys, there was not much interest in playing the game any more. Another day, I heard Nolan singing a song about a bad guy as he drew, and I asked if a group would come to the studio to write bad guy music together.
Initially they wrote lyrics and played on the marimbas. Eventually Oliver began to play on an…

Putting a song in a rainbow

The 'song in a rainbow' group came back to the studio to work on their idea. They worked on their lyrics and tune for a time. Here is what they decided on;

Rainbow rainbow,
I like a rainbow
After rain
Rainbows are so much fun to see

A Unicorn jumping,
over the rainbow

Rainbow hits a tree,
makes a rainbow in a tree

After working on the lyrics and music, they decided they wanted to make rainbows.
After intensely collaborating on the music and lyrics (which never concluded), it was interesting to see the unique way each one represented a rainbow. They did this on their own, and I just stepped in to show where a material was or teach a technique (for instance, showing Lorenzo and Henry how to twist wire).

                                                                   A paper rainbow
                             A representation of the tree that has a rainbow caught in it using wire and sticks.
                                             A rainbow with a song in it. The song is t…