The PreK-3 and kindergarten classes spent time at the Yale Art Museum last week learning about three artists: Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Jackson Pollack. The three year olds were familiar with the artists from their lessons in the classroom and were thrilled to be able to see the paintings in person (and for most it was extra exciting as it was their first time visiting an art museum). Docents led us through the museum and discussed the color and texture within the paintings.
The kindergarteners have been reading and writing poetry and talking about how poets express their feelings. Before the trip we discussed how art can also be a means of self expression and went into the museum with the intention of looking at the art pieces and seeing which emotions or feelings they evoked. As we gazed upon the shapes and colors in a Picasso, our docent gave each child felt pieces to create their own abstract interpretation of an animal.
Pablo Picasso had lots of girlfriends and he once made one of them a ” Bouquet of Peace”. It was not made of real flowers but instead it was painted on canvas. It was very simple – even we could copy the style and make our own versions. What do you think?
A master of cubism, Picasso’s portraits were fascinating to study. We each enjoyed creating self-portraits using this modern art style.
We had a wonderful time learning about the artist who made a circus out of wires. The children watched a video of the original show that Alexander “Sandy” Calder put on for audiences in France and in the United States in the 1940s. Each child made their own stabile to remember this great artist. They learned that Sandy and his wife Luisa loved to dance to the Big Band sound of that era. When we were studying Calder’s art we danced every morning to Glen Miller and enjoyed the sounds of trumpets and clarinets.
In PK3 we move to music in many different ways! Today we used ribbons to move like the water while listening to Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Students let the music guide their beautiful waves of dance.
The seventh graders spent time with the PreK classes this week to help introduce the use of our Preschool Unquowa library. The older children helped to pick out a book, read to them and then explained to them how they borrow a book, take care of the book and bring it back to school. PreK students were are also learning about geometric shapes, so the older children stuck around to help the younger students work on finishing their math project using marshmallows and toothpicks.
We enjoyed a great day learning about all the food our area residents ate many years ago. Our own Chef David came into our class and showed us the many types of fish Native Americans ate. He showed us a large stomach and a small dark heart from a red snapper. We opened clams and mussels. The hit was the live lobster that crawled around our table while our chef pointed out the various parts to a lobster. The claws were big and had big teeth on them. One was smaller than the other which we learned held things so the lobster could eat. The big claw was used for fighting. We enjoyed a nice snack after chef David cooked things up. Did you know that a lobster turns a red color when it is cooked in a pot? After our feast we painted our fish and made a print on rice paper so we could remember our great day!