"This is a house, see? Here's the roof. It's very pretty. Can I eat my marshmallows, now?"
Another pocket has emerged at the fiber center. Kids are asked to create a pocket before they move onto the more challenging sewing projects. That way, they can learn the basics.
"I drew a design on my pocket with markers. Permanent markers."
The collage center is still popular. I do spend time hunting down new items to add to the center.
There are about five or six kindergartners that are completely ENTHRALLED with the collage center. They don't even sit down, just stand, searching through the materials, and creating art. Some just grab and glue, but several of them are more intentional. The girl that created this piece spent some time arranging and rearranging the papers several times. She cut some of them, and came up with this:
"I'm making it for my grandma. I put green on it cause she likes green. And I used this piece [black and white toile] 'cause she likes old-fashioned times. These are clouds."
The BEST thing about my job is seeing students transform mundane items into art. Often, when I look at a piece, I think, "Um . . . hmm, okay. Interesting." Here's one case. "J" was working intensely on this piece. He was thoroughly absorbed. Here's what he had to say: "It's a skateboard ramp! It's white, like the sidewalk. And, I cute this paper for the ramp part, and this paper for the holding up part. Then I'm going to make a skateboard too!"