Category: The Studio

  1. farewells and new beginnings

    It is here.  The end of another school year and I can hardly believe it is nearly over.  It has gone by so quickly.  Not long ago Kathryn Ross and I were seated at the large wooden table upstairs, enjoying a lunch together when she said to me, “As teachers we get very used to saying good-bye”. It gave me pause. She was… Continue Reading »
  2. what is a dollar

    Most days in the studio are very busy.  I can often be found at the head of a long line of children, each eager to share a story, or to have something attached with hot glue, or to procure a newly threaded needle, or to plan their latest creative endeavor.  Today was no different.  As I worked and listened and assisted, I glanced… Continue Reading »
  3. collaboration and scaffolding

    This week Amy and I collaborated in the studio.  We worked with our extended primary children to further explore ideas, interests and questions that have evolved during the year.  We identified several topics of interest: volcanos, animals, people, planes and toys.  Each child joined one of these groups based on observed engagement over the year.  The groups met with… Continue Reading »
  4. asian festival

    Today we culminated our studay of Asia with an Asian festival…the countries represented were China, India, Thailand, Russia and Japan.  It was a fabulous explosion of discovery. And a feast for the senses with projects, explorations and foods from each of the countries. There was coconut mango sticky rice in Thailand, chicken marsala with rice… Continue Reading »
  5. watercolor

    I challenged the children this week to create a line drawing of their favorite animal from memory.  The results were wonderful. This is such a fun time of year, when all the children have had lots of opportunities to explore the media and are now ready to take them a little deeper.  We were using… Continue Reading »
  6. Toddler’s in the studio

    Toddler day in the studio and we shifted our focus from making art to having experiences and the tods LOVED it.  The tunnel was a great success… as was a dress up area and a light exploration activity…. and of course there are always opportunities to create and explore media. Another wonderful Friday with the… Continue Reading »
  7. Story People

    Story people have emerged in the studio after a mother’s night when we introduced the process of making clothespin character’s.  Hot glue is now an essential element in the studio work time and I spend much of the day carefully (and safely) attaching an array of elements together under the careful direction and insistence of… Continue Reading »
  8. self portraits

    Parker, age 4 All of us, no matter whether we are three years old or one hundred and three, are asking directly or peripherally “Who am I?”  The answer to this question continues to evolve with each passing year and rarely approximates the experience of being alive that we all share.  Watching the children explore… Continue Reading »
  9. stone soup and grandparent’s day

    On Tuesday November 20th we celebrated Grandparent’s Day at our school.  We spent several weeks prior to the big day talking about Stone Soup.  I told the story of Stone Soup to each of the primary classes and we sent out a sign up sheet asking for our families to bring in a variety of… Continue Reading »
  10. self portraits in the studio

    Our local art museum is featuring the art of Vincent Van Gogh and many of the teachers have been talking about his life and work in the classrooms and the children have been introduced to a variety of his paintings.  The museum has used Van Gogh’s self portrait with a straw hat to publicize the… Continue Reading »