Tag Archives: Art

“I love my nose!”

by Alisha

This week we are completing our second drawing self portrait and our final self portrait for the school year. For our graduates, it will be their final self portrait at Tulip Tree. It has been amazing to see how fine motor skills, focus and self awareness have developed throughout the year and over two or three years. Here are the self portraits the children have done so far this week-

What can one little person do?

By Katee

What can one little me or you do?  We can help in our community!  We wanted to find a way to bridge some of our curriculum with activism this year and find a meaningful way that small children can feel like connected and helpful participants in their world- outside of their friends and family. After all of our exploration with babies we decided to help babies in our community by teaming up with PDX Diaper Bank!  We plan to host two bake sales within the Tulip Tree Community to help babies in the Portland Community who need diapers.  From baking cookies to babies using diapers- there are a lot of steps that get our effort to the people who need help.  To help this process feel more clear and coherent, we have been practicing acting it out, singing it out and writing out the steps:

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Making Machines

By Katee

We have been taking small machines apart, constructing a machinery space in the loft, and projecting video on the wall of factories to see things being made.  This week we also had a small appointment to invent our own machines.

I told the children their machine could do anything they wanted it to and look any way they wanted- it did not have to be realistic or practical.  I was surprised that each machine was so unique.  Although some of the ideas initially being thrown around repeatedly were for ‘fart machines’, the children each came up with a different useful machine all on their own.  Wouldn’t you love to have these incredible machines at your home?

LD: “Bubble Gum Robot Machine”

VG: “Cleaner Machine”

NC: “Construction Everything Machine”

VH:  “Violet”

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Spinning Paint

Last week we continued experimenting with painted movement.  A couple weeks prior we shook marbles, dipped in paint, in a box and looked at the painted trails on our papers that were inside.  This time we put our paper and paint inside a salad spinner!  We experimented with different colors, different amounts, different placements, and consistencies of tempura paint.

The process of spinning called for a lot of coordination that challenged our large and fine motor strength and determination.  We discovered that often times, the faster you could spin the paint-  the more dramatic effect the path of the paint made.

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The Gift of Flowers

By Katee

This morning a child ascended down the stairs with a bundle of fresh tulips and a huge proud smile across their face.  I was reminded again what an amazing feeling it is to present a beautiful gift, and how magnified that feeling must be for children. Flowers, so beautiful and yet fleeting, have been filling our world lately in this beautiful season.  To give someone flowers is to let them know you appreciate the present moments with them, even if tomorrow brings wilted petals. Children naturally love to give meaningful gifts, and are seemingly experts at reminding us to live in the present moment.  To be able to make this offering to our classroom gives our school so much more than beautiful centerpieces though- they are useful creative tools as well.

We let the children cut the ends, arrange them in a vase, and give them water.

 

 

 

 

We dry them and use them for loose parts play.

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