Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Octopus

This summer, LC took an art workshop. The kids made octopuses. LC created her own design, using a dot marker. Then, we attached the sides of the paper, so it was circular. She glued on colorful streamers to the inside of the paper, hanging down.

Here's LC showing off her octopus to her teacher.

When we got home that day, LC wanted to draw immediately. She said "this is an octopus." Very cool!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Fascinated by Circles

It already feels like this summer is coming to a close and LC will soon start fun fall classes. So, I wanted to catch up and post the last set of spring 2012 photos of LC's class artwork. This class was all about circles!

The teacher surprised us by bringing in a button making machine. (I want one!) On the back of the buttons, we placed sticker magnets. They are currently on the fridge door, holding up LC's drawings. To decorate the buttons, we chose pieces from the pile of pre-cut papers and used a glue stick. Below photo, the two buttons on the left are the ones I designed and the two buttons on the right are LC's.

I really love this button that LC designed:

Who knew bubble wrap could be so much fun! LC brushed on white and yellow paint on bubble wrap...then pressed the bubble wrap onto the construction paper.

LC took large, white circle stickers and decided to place them on the construction paper in the shape of two flowers...then she colored them in with markers.

On a large, flat piece of circle-shaped cork, LC placed circle dot stickers...then she painted over it all with white paint. After it dried, she peeled off the stickers to create this design.

On a circular mound of clay, LC pressed in wooden circles. (Then, brushed on glue for good measure, so it would remain intact longer.)

This is such a cool idea! Paint was mixed with dish washing liquid in a bowl. A small air pump was dipped into the bowl and used to form bubbles; LC enjoyed pumping and pumping it, until the bubbles were above the top edge of the container. A large sheet of paper was quickly placed on top of the bowl and gently pressed down. She repeated the steps again and create this beautiful bubble design on the surface of the paper.

 And more bubbles...

Circles fascinate kids. In fact, in an old blog post...I called 2010 "The Year of the Circle" for LC.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Travel by Airplane, Boat and Train

LC: "An airplane."

LC: "A boat."

LC: "This is a choo choo train."

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rosy and Peachy Cards

LC was excited a while back to draw on these rosy and peachy cards. They were attached to a keychain ring that I found in my closet. I used to write to-do lists on them years ago; she found a better use for them in May.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Carousel Animation, Gold Tree and More

Children's Museum of the Arts is such an awesome place. The teaching artists do a great job guiding young kids, while still being hands-off enough for the kids to explore art on their own.

Here are some July photos:

LC loved working with the Media Lab's teaching artist. LC took the brown horse that she decorated and put it on "Jane's Carousel"...and helped make the stop motion animation. LC's horse comes in at the eight second mark of the video clip that was posted by CMA on their web site:

They have a cool setup in the Fine Arts Studio for kids to sit down and sketch with oil pastels:

Then, she moved on to clay...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

writing numbers 10 - 13 & cutting zigzag lines

Her self-initiated, joyful learning is a pleasure to witness. Last week she decided to write the numbers 10, 11, 12 and 13...and the uppercase letter G.

I don't believe in the coercive, best-selling approach to raising kids. I don't believe in dictating the instruments kids play (piano or violin!) or sports or dancing and forcing them to practice for hours on end. The name-calling destroys self-esteem...these parents call their kids "lazy", "stupid" or "losers". They pressure their children to get perfect grades and test scores, starting them off early on the academic path, with flash cards and test prep (hoping they get into the best schools and only pursue certain professions). They end up with stressed out, miserable children who rebel (or become depressed) by the time they graduate from high school or college. The kids barely have any real relationship with their parents once they grow up.

LC is a curious child, who enjoys discovering new things...she knows that I will support and encourage all her interests. She knows that she is loved and appreciated by her mommy, regardless of her achievements (I don't care about bragging rights), and it's the spark of light within LC that means the world to me...and I will guide her without extinguishing that light.

She asked for a few pages from a cutting practice workbook recently. (I don't believe in using workbooks for kids under 6 or 7 years old, hands-on/play-based learning is better, but I picked up a few workbooks from Kumon to pass the time during a trip like a year ago and this was still on my shelf.) I gave her the little safety scissors and she did this by herself, cutting zigzag lines for the first time, straight lines, diagonal etc. Her hand is too small to hold the scissors properly, she uses both hands, so it's not very smooth and controlled cutting...but this is a first step toward cutting out pictures and shapes for collages, no rush.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Lion telescope, little tree, flowers and a cloudy sky



Sad person looking up at a cloudy sky:

"Lion telescope":

"Little tree":

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rainbows in our Home

She started drawing borders (around her pictures, at the edge of the sheets of paper):

LC has been drawing a lot of colorful rainbows at home.


She said it's a "rainbow with a ghost who fights mean people". (drawing above)