March 10, 2021 | Kristen Jordan
This beautiful piece of artwork is the result of many hands and many materials. It is the culmination of the children’s thinking and creating that began with the study of astronaut Mae Jemison.
As the children learned a bit about space, they considered stars and then painted stars to fill the sky, thinking about how far or close they might be.
As they imagined themselves as astronauts flying in space, children drew more than one draft, added details and color. This work took several days to complete. When finished, children chose where they wanted to place themselves in the field of stars!
Using pattern blocks, children created rocket ships, while learning the shapes and thinking about symmetry and design.
Finally, the last space traveler, and the last rocket were added to this collaborative, mixed media piece of art at the end of last week. It reflects so much learning and effort on behalf of each child. It included experiences from so many different arenas: It required working on skills, such as drawing, fine motor control, and spatial reasoning. Children engaged in learning content in math and science. They responded to their learning through the art mediums of paint, and drawing with different tools. But the best part of all was working together to create something so beautiful!