For the summer, we've turned what is normally our "block area" and circle time rug to an art/reading lounge.
This "sofa" is where we usually take kids who need a little emotional help. It's
a nice place for taking a break with a book or two.
That's a real early 70's vintage foot flokati that I had in my room as a boy
living in Greece.
The actual sofa was given to us by the sisters Maddie (now a 4th grader) and
Ellie (now a 2nd grader). It tends to instigate a kind of cozy rough housing . . .
. . . I think it's because it folds out into a bed and is light weight enough
that the kids can move it around on their own.
When it's clean up time, they love hoisting it up over their
heads an tossing it on top of the pile of pillows.
I just missed it with this photo, but don't they
look like they're surveying a conquest?
And speaking of Maddie and Ellie, it was their mom Alicia who gave us this
I fashioned this piece of furniture out of hard-to-store frame of a large art
apparatus, a chaise cushion and a couple pillows.
I salvaged this pair of paper mache spigots from a float that made its
appearance in the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade. My friend Leslie
Zenz is the very talented artist who made them.
And speaking of the parade, here are a couple giant fabric and wire flowers
I made for an ensemble a few years back.
I got this painting of "Max" from a homeless artist who
was selling them on the sidewalk in the University
District. I told him I wanted it for our preschool, but
the price was $20 and I only had $11, so he let me have
it for the discount. I went back every day for a week, trying
to find him so that I could pay the balance, but no luck.
I tell this story to the children at least once a year:
about how the poor, homeless man really wanted them
to have this painting.
I attended a fundraiser several years ago at which various artists had created
umbrella art to auction off. I had gone with the intent of purchasing one for
the school. My students Zsa Zsa and Jasper were there as well. During the bidding
Jasper crawled onto my lap and told me he thought we should get the "dog
umbrella," so I did. Artist Sarah Lovett fashioned the dog out of a kind of
mesh and filled it with LED twinkle lights. I LOVE carrying it on rainy nights.
Every year, the Seattle Children's Theater sells off some costumes and set
pieces as a fundraiser. This might have come from their production of
The onion dome skyline also came from SCT, although the puffy, tissue paper
flower was made one year by our Pre-K class for their year-end play.
And, of course, our giant, rainbow nutcracker from this
year's Pre-K play has become a part of our permanent
As has our blue tree.
Not at all a bad place to hang out when you need a little break. I'm not sure how we go back at the end of the summer.