February 20, 2016

Alma Redux


A new twist on a favorite project with some exciting new materials! We started by looking at and talking about around a million (12?) Alma Woodsey Thomas paintings. They're all so good!


Last year we made them with torn paper, but this year, we tried some cutting, and used the purest of pigments - Behr paint chips from Fresh Artists!

Pre-Kindergartners carefully selected colors from our paint chip kit, cut them into strips then shapes. 

 

February 16, 2016

Anansi and the Mangoes



It's February (Black History Month!) so a perfect time to learn about the African spider trickster, Anansi (and read loads of Anansi books). By far my favorite retelling is the Gerald McDermott version, primarily for his awesome geometric illustrations:


We took a cue from McDermott, and created our own cut paper collaged family of spiders.
Lots and lots. Like a hundred spiders.


And some of them became movie stars! Watch our animated story of Anansi and the Mangoes here.