I am so in awe of the creativity of small children.
I am so in awe of their fearlessness.
I am so awe of what they can accomplish, of what they are capable.
I am so in awe.
Our school is currently immersed in a fabulous art project with the Phillips Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. All classes are exploring Jacob Lawrence's migration series and creating art that is inspired by this series. For me, with preschoolers, I am emphasizing his use of shapes and lines, his use of color. We have also had some powerful discussions about moving...and, more specifically, what did it feel like to leave home and come to school that very first day?
I am "instigating" and "provoking" these three and four year olds, but, wow, this is their ride! One day, they cut basic shapes from wallpaper pages...the next day, they created people from these shapes. The children loved this activity, immersing themselves in it. I gave them no rules - just a small piece of card stock to work on, their pre-cut shapes in a grab pile in the center of the table, and a glue stick. The children made dozens of people.
Check these out! I'm only sharing ten...and I've made up captions for them, to illustrate the extraordinary diversity of emotions and action that are depicted through the simple artistry of shapes.
I am so in awe!
|Stepping out, in a hurry|
|Reaching for something|
|Dancing, kicking one's feet up in delight|
|Rocking in a chair|
|Oh, happy day!|
|Strolling, lost in thought|
|A chef, cooking dinner|
|Let me show you my new dress!|
|Dancing, spinning, I am so fast!|