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Insights from the Intersection of Childhood and Education

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Amazon-Inspired Purim Masks

As part of their ongoing exploration of and learning about the rain forest and the Amazon, the Kindergarteners created Purim masks inspired by the indigenous Amazon people and their customs.

The children used real life images as a reference. Through this project the class learned about the native people's customs and rituals, for example the way they express gratitude. They also learned how they use make up to express their feelings or their appreciation for animals.

 The children demonstrated a remarkable ability to take their time, persevere, and be creative.

The Kindergarteners also did a fantastic job keeping the colors separated by washing their brushes, and they kept their work space amazingly clean! They wrapped up this project by creating special hats for their masks that were also inspired by what they had learned.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Kindergarteners Draw Picasso-Inspired Self Portraits

Our Kindergarteners' January self portraits were inspired by the unique work of Pablo Picasso. The teachers printed out a few examples of how Picasso drew faces for the children to study.

The samples were also meant to spark a deeper understanding of what Picasso was like. And indeed it did! The children discussed how confident and secure Picasso must have been to be able to present himself in this way.

Self Portrait by Pablo Picasso at age 89
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Noah: "Picasso did not care to draw himself funny and he did not care what people thought about it; so he drew himself more."

Ethan: "He made the faces look weird."

Vered: "I like the way he painted the faces because Picasso loved his art."

As the children attempted their own colorful self portraits using the "Picasso method," they also reflected on what they liked about the process, see some of their notes below the portraits.

We believe that since art is subjective, it opens doors to many interpretations. Art is great tool for children to stretch their imagination, as well as promote critical thinking and overall language skills.

For our teachers it was fantastic to see with how much confidence, enthusiam and pride the children approached this project.