Sunday, June 21, 2009
Happy Father's Day!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Last week, we implemented a work-shopping period into some of the Absolutely Art classes, where the kids displayed their project and the other students volunteered something nice to say. I really enjoyed this, and I think the kids did as well. This process will help the children to understand a bit more about how to review art and create a stronger community within the classroom!
I feel so fortunate to have heard all of the wonderful, hilarious and often incredibly intelligent words that come from your kids. I have to say, some of the things that come out of their mouths are absolutely priceless, and there are so many times I wish I could share with everyone! So, I am going to add "The Things They Say" at the end of the blog and include an especially memorable quote from a student. Check it out at the end of the post!
Lil' Absolutely Art and Absolutely Art
This week in Lil' Absolutely Art and Absolutely Art we'll be making sand castles using sand clay! We'll talk about different parts of a castle, like the main building, the keep, the bailey, the porticullis, and the ramparts. Then, we'll also paint a watercolor Father's Day card for Dad! We'll discuss a bit about how to properly use watercolors. The term "watercolor" is actually instructive. The pigments are used to color the water, and the artist uses that colored water (or watercolor) to paint a picture.
Lil' Kinder Cooks and Kinder Cooks
In Lil' Kinder Cooks and Kinder Cooks, we'll be hand-cranking spinach pasta, then toss it with home-made butter and Parmasean cheese. Then, we'll use a turkey hot dog to create an octopus to sit on top of our seaweed pasta! We'll also decorate a cookie for Dad for Father's Day!
Lil' Music Makers and Music Makers
In Lil' Music Makers and Music Makers, we'll be working on rhythm with resting beats using "Rags," "Six Little Ducks" and "Ti-de-o." Then, we'll work on more instrument recognition using "Down in the Valley." We'll also review some other songs that we've already done for some repetition to encourage the children to commit some of the lessons and songs to memory.
Fun With Photography
In Fun With Photography, we'll be heading outdoors! We'll be working with natural objects to concentrate on focus in close ups and composition. Then, we will head back inside to put the photos into Photoshop and add some fun affects that will highlight the natural objects.
The Things They Say
"Miss Lauren, do you have a top loading washer?" -Tristan, age 4
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Hello to everyone!
First, we would love to thank the folks at Falcon Pointe for having us to tie-dye at the Summer Splash Bash! We had a great time and enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful, unique creations that everyone made!
Kid Kits are starting to go quickly!! A new Kid Kit, especially for Father's Day, is making it's debut! The Happy Hat Kid Kit ($14) includes everything a child needs to decorate a baseball cap, just in time to give it as a gift to Dad for his big day! The Mom or Dad and Me Frame Kid Kit ($17) is also a lovely way for children to create a one-of-a-kind gift for Dad.
The heat is on, and we are into the summer season! How exciting! On to this week's classes!
This week in Lil' Absolutely Art and Absolutely Art, we'll be reading "Toy Boat" and creating our own toy sail boats! We'll be painting the body of the boat and learn a bit about the parts, including the main mast and bow and the sail. We'll also personalize the sail. Then, the kids will paint an acrylic painting on canvas of a sail boat sailing into the horizon. We will give a quick explanation of the vanishing point and creating a horizon on paper in Absolutely Art. Then, we'll finish by having a toy boat race!
This week in Lil' Kinder Cooks and Kinder Cooks, we'll be reading "Clam-I-Am" and making New England Clam Chowder! We'll talk a bit about how clams live their lives inside of a tiny shell and learn how they survive in the vast ocean. The kids will learn how to saute vegetables and how to make a cream broth. And, everyone will get to try authentic New England Clam Chowder! Deelish!
This week in Lil' Music Makers and Music Makers, we'll begin with an introductory song as well as a review of rhythm and marching. We'll use "The Ants Go Marching" to practice our rhythmic and marching skills with instruments. Then, we'll begin to learn more about the names of the fantastic instruments that we use with "Old Mac Donald Had a Band," "The Spider on the Floor" and "The Dinosaur Song." Finally, we'll also use "Blue Bird Through My Window" to encourage interaction and group cooperation.
This week in Fun With Photography, we are asking that each participant bring a 3-D item that is special to them. We are going to learn how to situate objects and use lights in a photo tent. Then, we'll bring some of our photos into Photoshop to create a black and white photo of our object in the tent. Also, those children that are signed up for the month and received a portfolio, remember to bring your portfolio to class again! Check out our Andy Warhol Pop Art Photography from last week below!
Please check our calendar for class times and dates. We are able to prorate classes, so it's never to late to join in the fun, unless a class is full!
We are looking to another fun-filled, ocean-themed week ahead!