Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We're Here To Oblige

My performance as a teacher is evaluated by the parents of our students at the mid-point of each year. My rule of thumb is that if one parent writes something, good or bad, it's just an opinion. If two write it, it's a widely held opinion. If three write it, then it's probably true. But that doesn't mean that one parent's opinion isn't heard. For instance, someone opined that we hadn't been doing as many messy art projects as in the past. 

We're here to oblige.

We flip this table for lots of art projects. Once we covered it with glue, then spent an hour shaking glitter on it so "kids have something to look at when we crawl under there." I noticed last week that it had almost all fallen off, so there's a new messy project to put on the list.

This is a fast moving dealio, so I don't have lots of pictures. Some of the kids stood on the step stools to change their perspective on the experience.

Most kids just emptied their entire squirt bottles of paint, which kept Ava's mom Terry (our art parent) quite busy refilling bottles. Sadly, I'm 99 percent sure it wasn't her who requested more messy art.

We've been reading stories (e.g., Raven, Storm Boy, Frog Girl) with Tlinget (regional Native American tribe) themes lately. We noticed that yellow, red, green and black were common color themes. The black paint, however, was oddly thicker than the other paints and therefore difficult to pour into those little Nancy bottles, so we abandoned it.

Then we got busy with brushes.

I'd anticipated that this would turn into a finger painting fiesta, but the kids stuck with brushes. I probably didn't let it run long enough before changing out the paper.

This is a color I refer to as preschool gray. It's often the end result of a group of kids deciding they want to work together making something "rainbow."

Then we did it again.

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Scott said...

"Preschool gray." Perfect color name.

Michelle said...

I love the glitter under the table idea. I think I need to do something like that.

kristin said...

Once we covered it with glue, then spent an hour shaking glitter on it so "kids have something to look at when we crawl under there."

oh, i love this.

jwg said...

Or, leave the paper blank, turn the table right side up, and provide crayons, markers etc. Sort of a Sistine Chapel kind of experience.