L' ATELIER ~ The Art Room

Welcome to the Preschools new Art Room Blog “L’ Atelier”

 

Fun Fact!

L’ Atelier is French for “The Workshop” 

An Atelier is traditionally a workshop where a principal master Artist and a number of assistants, students, and apprentices work together in the production of works of art. 

 

The use of the word to describe our creative working space, is to stimulate discussion and awareness of cultural diversity. Culture being one of many key elements which informs and colours every aspect of an individuals creative language.

Creative Capacity Term One Quote

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”― Albert Einstein

Term One Master Artist

Pablo Picasso was born in 1881, 137 years ago in Spain.

He is famous for pioneering Cubism Art, which is a style of painting where objects of the painting subject are broken up and re-painted in simple geometric shapes.

Pablo was 7 years old when his father, also a painter, gave him artistic training in figure drawing and oil painting.

Pablo went on to study art in Madrid,Spain, before moving to Paris, France, where he lived and worked as an artist for the rest of his life.

Picasso's lifetime works are divided into periods:

The Blue Period (1901-1904), which were sad looking paintings using blue and blue-green colours.

The Rose Period (1905-1907), which was a more happy style with orange and pink colours.

The African-influenced Period also known as Primitivism (1908-1909).

The Cubism Period (1909- 1919).

Throughout his life Picasso also made ceramic and bronze sculptures and was known for his drawings, etchings and poetry. 

He died in 1973, age 91.

Artist: Pablo Picasso

La cuisine, Pablo Picasso in front of The Kitchen, (1948).

Picasso in his rue des Grands-Augustins studio.

Photo Credit: Herbert List/Magnum Photos

IN THE ATELIER ~ Week Nine

Wednesday April 4th

Exploring Colour

With all the interest generated from our term long colour mixing sessions, today presented an opportunity to extend our skills and develop further colour understanding. 

Through the development of colour wheels we entered the world of Colour Theory and Geometry

There was lots of fascination around my use of a compass and protractor to create the outline of our colour wheels. 

Whilst colouring these wheels today we revisited the oil pastels and how to blend the “Primary Colours” Yellow, Red and Blue to achieve the “Secondary Colours” Orange, Green and Purple. This was achieved by using a logical sequence. This allowed me to talk about the 3rdcolour category “Tertiary Colours” (the colour tones that fall between the primary and secondary colours on the colour wheel.

"It’s important to show everyone! It should be a giant circle for the preschool Art room! Everyone can remember then!" (A.D.R2)    

Thursday April 5th

Lizard Environments

Today’s weather was superb, so we took some recycled materials out onto the preschool veranda to make stuff!

“I saw a lizard in the strawberries at home”. (O.R.R1)

“I saw a big one today! It’s over there! (points to the native rockery near the chicken coop). (J.W.R1)

“What are you making Sandii?” (T.C.R1) 

Sandii: I think I might make an environment for those lizards you are talking about! 

What followed was a session of self evolved environments for the lizards. 

“But this will fall down on the lizards! It won’t stay up!” (T.C.R1)

Sandii: What can we do then to make it stay up and not fall over?

“More glue and sticky tape!” (O.R.R1)

Sandii: Sure more glue will do the trick. Do you think papier-mâché might also make it last longer?

“Yes! We can put water in them for the lizards to swim in and drink over here.” (J.WE.R1)

We developed our lizard environments further by collecting and attaching bark and sticks from the preschool playground. Then we began tearing old magazine pages into small pieces of paper ready for papier-mâché next week. 

IN THE ATELIER ~ Week Eight

Tuesday March 27th ~ Thursday 29th

Renovating our Bathroom Doors 

This week the Art room easels were empty as I worked on renovation of our bathroom doors, which had, began to show signs of surface ware and tear. So it was time for some major touch ups. As I worked from door to door, there was a lot of interest in what I was doing and many requests to assist. There was even some critical artistic feedback about my handy work. 

There were a number of suggestions that we should paint more of the bathroom and very clear ideas about which parts.

IN THE ATELIER ~ Week Seven

Tuesday March 20th

Museo Aero Solar (Giant Air Balloon) Project Discussion

Today we watched the short Museo Aero Solar (Giant Air Balloon) Project presentation again and then we decided to research what happens if plastic rubbish finds its way into the worlds rivers, seas and oceans. https://youtu.be/hKFV9IquMXA​

Then we asked these questions.

What would happen if the Giant balloon came down in the ocean or the bush?

What would that be like for all the living things.

We expressed our thoughts through our paintings.

This is the plastic inside the bird and it died. With the bones and feathers and plastic. (M.K.R2)

This is the sky and the balloon. And this is the water and the bird. (M.C.R1)

This is all the rubbish in the water. (K.F.R1)

When the bird ate the rubbish his legs disappeared. (X.S.R1)

On the beach these are all the plastic bottle tops. Just pretending that the birds ate them. (S.Mc.R1)

The bird died when it had all the plastic. (S.M.R1)

The bird that was happy. Then it ate the plastic and the plastic bottle. Then its tail disappeared and then I was so scared that I made this face because I wanted to take a photo of the bird but it had eaten all the plastic because it died. And that was the end of it. (M.O.R1)

Tuesday Photo Gallery

Wednesday March 21st

Museo Aero Solar (Giant Air Balloon) Project Discussion

Today we watched the short Museo Aero Solar (Giant Air Balloon) Project presentation again and then we decided to research what happens if plastic rubbish finds its way into the worlds rivers, seas and oceans. https://youtu.be/hKFV9IquMXA​

Then we asked these questions.

What would happen if the Giant balloon came down in the ocean or the bush? 

What would that be like for all the living things.

We expressed our thoughts through our paintings.

That red and blue is the plastic. This is the beak and that’s the legs disappearing. (X.S.R1)

This is the bird and it is flying away because the lake is dying. This is the whole lake and it is dying and the balloon is under the water. (A.P.R1)

So, the fox died because the fox ate Styrofoam in the bush because people put it there. (M.O.R1)

This is the sky and the air balloon and it has come down on a tree. And this arrow is pointing to the moon because the moon and the balloon is going down. The balloon is stuck in the tree and they (the tree animals) can’t get out. (L.B.R1)

Wednesday Photo Gallery

Friday March 23rd

Cicada and Moth Paintings

Today we focused our creative energy on practicing the "Paint Pallet to Paper" skills we have been learning all term. These are the skills that allow us to use just one paintbrush and work between the primary colours to mix the secondary colours on our paper, without discolouring the primary colours in our pallets.

And we had the perfect subjects to paint! Earlier we had discovered out on the veranda, a spotted Moth and a Cicada. They were resting up above room ones window. So we took photos of them and increased their size on the photocopied. It was these images that inspired our morning workshop. 

Friday Photo Gallery

IN THE ATELIER ~ Week Six

Museo Aero Solar (Giant Air Balloon) Project

Throughout 2017 the Kurri Kurri and District Preschool Kindergarten participated in this collaborative enviro science project with art students who attend my Art Studio and local artist Andrew Styan.
The project exploring the qualities of natural wind and air and its unexplored potential capacities for not only advanced clean energy production but future effective modes of transportation and highlighted societies over consumption of plastic. 
This air balloon project was in principle a concept based on the innovative scientific investigations of Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceo and his international “Museo Aero Solar project 
http://aerocene.org/buildit/ . And we were excited to learn we were the first Australian exploration of Saraceno’s project.

During term two we teamed together with the art students and Andrew Styan to begin making an 8 x 16-meter unity balloon constructed from approximately 500 biodegradable shopping bags which we had cut down and joined together using packing tape to form the base material for the giant air balloon.

We beautified the cut down plastic bags with colourful drawings and join them into long manageable panels, which were then assemble into one large united piece of plastic and then origami-fold into a tetrahedron shaped balloon back on December 9th last year at Black Hill Public School.

Once the balloon was together a launch date was set for early in the morning, on December 19th at the Cricket Grounds, Chinamans Hollow where the balloon was inflated with air, which then heated rapidly as the sun emerged from behind low clouds. The strength of the lifting force was not anticipated and tore the balloons tether attachments for the mooring rope and snapped a backup safety rope within a few minutes of the

8 am launch. The balloon rose quickly and drifted off on the wind currents and was last seen 1 hour later 15 km north of the launch site.

It was never our intention to release the balloon to free fly and we could not have predicted the intense power drawn from the sun on such and excessively hot day or how successfully our collaborative balloon would fly!

A powerful demonstration of solar power and its endless potential being just one of a multitude of issues and emerging awareness that was provoked throughout the project.

However, it is a regrettable situation that we now find ourselves in. We are keen for and are committed to the retrieval process, which in its self will have powerful learning outcomes. https://www.facebook.com/HVAerocene/

The project was an incredibly powerful learning experience for all involved and moving forward we view it as a foundation for ongoing learning and as such we are focusing on learning outcomes which will equip these future custodians of our planet “Our Children”, with practical understanding and the mindfulness necessary for better environmental stewardship, through embedding recycling awareness and practice into the preschools ethos and exploring related areas of interest with the children throughout the year.     

Museo Aero Solar (Giant Air Balloon) Project Photo Gallery

Tuesday March 13th

Museo Aero Solar (Giant Air Balloon) Project Discussion

Today was an interesting day in the art room, we didn’t create or make an artwork with our hands! Instead we spent time reacquainting ourselves with an arts and environmental science project that involved many of the preschools children and their families during 2017.

We sat and watched a small video presentation which documented the various stages of the Museo Aero Solar (Giant Air Balloon) Project. And then we discussed the most obvious questions. 

Where did the giant balloon go?

Where is the giant balloon now?

These questions generated enthusiastic, imaginative and practical answers along with discussion about even more questions.

Child 1: How did it brake?

Child 1: Then what happened? Where was it going?

Child 2: When we were driving, we saw the balloon follow us!

Child 2: It went up to the moon.

Child 1: It got away! So, you can’t catch it?

Child 2: No! it got too high.

Child 3: I wasn’t there.

Child 1: Did it go to the moon?

Child 3: Then it went into outer space

Child 4: It went into space and it will fall back down at preschool and all the kids will fall out! But it could land in a tall tree, or the park and the birds will snap it and bring it down for us.

Sandii: Do you think it will come back down to earth?

Child 5: No! because the air is pushing it up and it never come down

Sandii: What if it pops?

Child 3: It will come back down onto the ground

Child 6: It could have gone to the beach or sea!

Child 2: Or on a car or on a fence!

Child 5: If it lands on a house in the carpet then they could fix it and then it could be theirs.

Child 6: If it lands on the water it will float all the way down to the sea and it will drown.

Child 6: The sea animals will get sucked in side of it and they will die.

Child 3: Because they won’t have any air to breath and they will get stuck in there and they will die.

Sandii: What happens if it comes down in the bush? What will happen to those animals and plants?

Child 7: Some animals might come and eat it and get sick and go to the vets.

Child 6: They will eat it and it will all be gone.

Child 3: They will get sick now all the plastic is in their bellies!

Child 1: They will throw up!

Child 2: They will chock!

Child 3: And it will hurt their throat!

Child 1: They will take them to the vet.

Child 8: Then those (the vet) can help get the balloon out of those animal’s bellies.

Child 2: I don’t think it was a good idea that we made the balloon because it might have flown up to the moon.

Child 6: And then it will get popted.

Child 3: Then it might go to outer space and the moon.

Child 7: I think it went to God’s sky and I think it will fall into pieces, so we won’t see it again. But if it pops and doesn’t fall into pieces well then it will come back down to us.

Child 1: But if it comes back to our house we could bring it back over to the park again.

Child 2: But what happens if it pops in outer space, it could land on a car! While they are driving!

Child 7: If it comes down in the water we will never see it again because I think it will sink! But maybe something will get it, like a monster! Like a crocodile or a shark or maybe a crab. They will eat it.

Child 1: No! they will be stuck inside it forever!

Sandii: If we ate plastic, what would happen to us?

Child 7, Child 2, Child 1: We get sick!

Sandii: Do you think we should make another balloon?

Child 9: Yes! So the kids can get in it.

Child 10: No! Because if it falls down on the animals they will die and be squashed.

Child 1: Yes! Because it will go outer space again. I know! If the balloon goes to the moon, went into the spiky bit moon, it will just popped and then come back down to you.

Child 4: We could punch it with a pencil and it would come back down and we could make another one. And we can put something inside it that’s strong. Then it will come back down.

Child 2, Child 8, Child 6: No!

Child 2: Because it might like cut off the string again and then it will be a problem with two balloons.

Wednesday March 14th

Where did our giant air balloon go?

I think the balloon went to Santa up in the sky. I think it might have popped! And went up to the mountain and fell apart. (A.D.R2)

It went up to the moon. I think it popped. It’s come back to the world and fallen onto the grass. We will need to run around to find it! (H.L.R1)

This is the balloon and I think it went to the sea. (L.B.R1)

I think the balloon went into the sea under the garden. (K.P.R2)

The balloon is flying up! Up! Up! To a rainbow. I think it popped and came back down to the ground. If we found it, it would be broken. (X.S.R1)

My painting is the big balloon on the grass. I think it went to the moon and stayed on one of those planets and it popped. (E.C.R2) 

Wednesday Photo Gallery

Thursday March 15th

Where did our giant air balloon go?

The balloon went into the sky and it will stay there. (D.H.R1)

I think it went to the dark moon and moon. (M.H.R2)

It went to the moon. We could look for it in the sandpit! Because when it’s not floating and has no rope, it drops down. (A.B.R2)

In my painting see! This is to tell how high the balloon went, this is the balloon and this is a cover so that when the balloon hits it, it will come back down. This is just when it comes back down and lands on the soft grass. When it came down, well, then it stayed big forever.Then animals stayed alive because the air made them breath. We need to go up! Up! Up! To Sydney. (J.G.R2)

This is the big balloon. I think it went into the bush. It landed in one piece and the animals ate it but they didn’t die, but they nearly did!  (J.W.R1)

The balloon went passed the trees and a rainbow. (M.H.R2)

Thursday Photo Gallery

IN THE ATELIER ~ Week Five

Wednesday March 7th

Today we revisited mixing colours directly onto the surface of the paper using one paint brush and the three primary colours Red, Yellow and Blue. We experimented with mixing orange, green and purple and when we tried to make pink we learnt that we can do this by simply adding lots of water to just a little bit of red.

In my colour mixing demonstration, I painted a yellow giraffe with brown spots. This seemed to set the tone and inspire several little artists and their paintings. 

We challenged ourselves to see how long we could manage to keep the primary colours in our painting pallets from turning into murky tones of brown. Then at the end of it all we realised that we had learnt to mix the colour brown without even knowing it!   

Wednesday Photo Gallery

Thursday March 8th

Today we took our creative energy outside onto the verandha where we utilised the treasure trove of stored empty boxs to make an array of box construction sculptures.

This all came about because one little artist was keen to make a boat.(T.G.R2) Soon there was a small group of children exploring their making skills. All sorts of things developed, there was two houses and two boat and a number of non descriptive sculptures, all made with just some masking tape and a great deal of enthusiasum, fun and the odd teacher assisted hole cutting.

IN THE ATELIER ~ Week Four

Thursday March 1st

Today we were making fresh fruit kababs, using lovely fresh strawberries, kiwifruit, pineapple and apple but we had some trouble keeping the fruit from slipping down the sewer sticks onto our fingers, making them sticky!

So to problem solve we tried using some tin foil. Scrunching torn strips around the stick and tightly securing into place at one end, then we slipped our fruit onto the other end. This seemed to do the trick! But after a while we ended up with little balls of foil everywhere! So we discussed what we could do with them instead of putting them into the rubbish bin. While the children ate their kababs they began gathering up all the foil balls and arranging them on the table and decided that they could make stuff.

“Its eggs” “Thats the nest of the eggs there” (A.M.R2)

“Lets make a zebra” (A.B.R2) This suggestion resulted in some collaborative sculpture making, which saw us create a horse like shape that we all agreed looked great!

During the course of the morning there was some brilliant additions made to the “horse” and entire environment developed around it, grass, a water bowl and food bucket.

“This is a zucchini for the horse!”.

“Look Sandii, it’s horse hair! I am amazing!”

“This is a cowgirl hat for the horse”.

“I am making a wet snail for the horse”. (H.L.R1)

 

“Can you make me a boat Sandii?” (T.G.R2)

“I can show you how to make a boat!”

This request lead to a group of little makers constructing simple canoe shapes form the foil. (A.B.R2), (J.G.R2), (C.F.R1), (C.M.R.2). We wondered if they could float like a boat? (T.S R1) Tyler. So we took them out into the sandpit to see if they would float in the water filled tractor tier. We discovered that Yes, our tin foil boats did float and could even carry a small load in the form of a shell. But our boats could not carry the small pebbles we tried to put inside them, they just tipped over and filled with water. We noticed that our boats became heavier each time they tipped over and filled with water. Eventually they became too heave to stay upright and sunk.

 

Our Art Room session ended with the creation of a brilliant little masterpiece especially painted for Room 2 Teacher, Kate, as a thank you and farewell gift from some of the children that were fortunate enough to have had her as a teacher last year.   

Thursday Photo Gallery

IN THE ATELIER ~ Week Three

Tuesday February 20th

Today we unsealed the Atelier’s beautiful collection of silky new paints for the first time and used the new soft bristled paintbrushes that have been assigned to the art room. 

This was the perfect opportunity to learn a little about how to care for the new brushes and have a go at mixing and working with the acrylic paints like an artist, trying to keep the individual colours from mixing into one murky tone. The result was a session of experiential colour making which was grounded in developing skills for working between colours using one paintbrush or even just the artist’s finger.

The joyous textural experience of using such lovely quality paint and brushes was evident in the engagement with the mediums (paint/ brushes) and this is reflected in the finished paintings.

Tuesday Photo Gallery

Wednesday February 21st

With this weeks Atelier focus being on the development of experiencing beautiful quality paint and paintbrushes as an artist would, todays preschool artists had the opportunity to learn a little about how to care for and work with the beautiful quality new paints and brushes assigned to the art room. This meant having a go at mixing and working with the acrylic paints like an artist, trying to keep the individual colours from mixing into one murky tone. The result was a session of experiential colour making which was grounded in developing skills for working between colours using one paintbrush or even just the artist’s finger.

The joyous textural experience of using such lovely quality paint and brushes was evident in the engagement with the mediums (paint/ brushes) and this is reflected in the finished paintings.

Wednesday Photo Gallery

IN THE ATELIER ~ Week Two

Tuesday February 13th

Today in the Art Room we extended on our experimentation with oil pastels and graphite pencil. 

Last week we worked with our lovely quality oil pastels to explore the technique of blending with our fingers. This week we followed the same basic steps but with the addition of Water Soluble Oil PastelsWe could now work over the areas where the soluble medium was applied with brushed on water. It soon became apparent that the addition of water to our drawings was only effective on the water soluble medium, leaving the standard oil pastels unchanged.

What followed was a vibrantly busy session of experimentation with colour, blending and painting. Some adventurous artists began experimenting with the addition of coloured pencil and graphite to see what would happen. The resulting gorgeous works are the foundations for developing further exploration and understanding of how to best use and care for the beautiful materials we have access to in the Art Room. 

Tuesday Photo Gallery

Wednesday February 14th

This morning there was a number of request from little artists for some help with drawing flowers for their mums and so that is where we focused our attention. We identified the different parts of a flower to make sure that we didn’t miss anything as we drew. We began with the centre of the flower and then added our petals a stem and finally some leaves. Some artist chose to focus all their energy on the giant flower heads.

Returning artists experimented with "Drawing in the Negative" with an eraser. This technique involves laying a foundation of graphite on the paper then working into the graphite with an eraser to reveal the paper underneath. Both steps required great hand / arm control and strength for success. Further experimentation saw artists layering coloured pencil into the erased areas with great effect.

To end our flower drawing session together, we had a go at oil pastel “Sgraffito”. This is a technique where a foundation colour is worked into the paper and then another, usually darker colour is layered over the top. Then a stylus or scratching stick are used to scratch away the top layer to reveal the underlying colour.    

Art Room Paper Waste Recycling Bin and “Paper Making Project”

Just before lunch Nicci invited me into her classroom to discuss the Art Rooms “Paper Making Project” and importantly the “Paper Waste Recycling Bin”. This is the big YELLOW wheelie bin, which is located in the Locker Room/ Art Room. We discussed that this bin is not for food or plastic waste/ rubbish and that most paper and cardboard could go into the bin. But there was an exception, used paper towel and tissues must not go into our YELLOW wheelie bin because these are unclean and not suitable for our paper making project. 

I explained how we are going to use the paper / cardboard by first cutting it into tiny pieces and placing it into another bin (Also found in the Locker Room/ Art Room), which will then be soaked in water until the paper becomes mushy… perfect for paper making.

The children in Nicci’s classroom were so keen to begin the project that after lunch I was asked if the YELLOW wheelie bin could be wheeled into the room so that children could begin cutting up the recycled paper already collected.

Wednesday Photo Gallery

Thursday February 15th

Today saw the opportunity for some Outdoor Drawing of the preschool’s two Guinea Pigs.“Rock Star” and “Spot Butterly” were out for the day in their lawn enclosure which was very exciting because this allows use to see the two Guinea Pigs up close and even hold them if we wish to. So this was a perfect place to sit and draw! We used clipboards with our paper attached to them and sat these on our laps as we looked at the Guinea Pigs and drew them with graphite and coloured pencils.

Then we carefully and respectfully helped to return Rock Star and Spot Butterfly to their special preschool home. We then took our drawings back into the art room where we made additions to them and then we tried to draw Rock Star and Spot Butterfly again without having them to look at. This was a task easily handled by todays artists. 

Throughout the morning there was also a lot of engagement with the oil pastels, as children continue to explore the sensory and textural aspect of rubbing and blending the medium into the paper. 

Art Room Paper Waste Recycling Bin and “Paper Making Project”

Much  like yesterday, Maryanne invited me into her classroom just before lunch to discuss the Art Rooms “Paper Making Project” and importantly the “Paper Waste Recycling Bin”. This is the big YELLOW wheelie bin, which is located in the Locker Room/ Art Room. We discussed that this bin is not for food or plastic waste/ rubbish and that most paper and cardboard could go into the bin. But there was an exception, used paper towel and tissues must not go into our YELLOW wheelie bin because these are unclean and not suitable for our paper making project. 

I explained how we are going to use the paper / cardboard by first cutting it into tiny pieces and placing it into another bin (Also found in the Locker Room/ Art Room), which will then be soaked in water until the paper becomes mushy… perfect for paper making.

Thursday Photo Gallery

IN THE ATELIER ~ Week One

Tuesday February 6th

Today was our first opportunity to begin to think and work like artists in what is currently the preschools locker room. During the course of the year we hope to make a start on transforming the space into a thriving dynamic art specific environment. Throughout the preschool there is much excitement about the Atelier, with imaginative input, limitless ideas and suggestions already being put forward by the children.

So we spent much of our time becoming familiar with each other and the potential of our new art space. We did this whilst exploring some of the simple yet lovely quality artist materials that we now have access to. We learnt about lead pencils and oil pastels and  began developing an understanding of colour “Blending” and “Smudging”. These are fundamental skills which we can build upon throughout the year and develop into more complex actions. 

For students who have returned for another year at preschool there was an opportunity to discuss how we would like the new art space to look and what should be in it. It was unanimously suggested that we need to put colour on all the doors leading into the space and there was also a very enthusiastic discussion about painting the ceiling rainbow. (K.F.R1)

We also found a moment to discuss the Giant Balloon “Museo Areo Solar” and its launch. “Museo Areo Solar” was a collaborative project which involved the creation of an 8 x 8 meter, recycled plastic bag, solar air balloon and culminated in the balloons eventual launch back on the 19th of December last year. The balloon launched successfully, inflating and rising into the air with ease. In fact the uplift generated by the power of the sun was so powerful the the balloon broke free from the ground anchored tethers and became air born. Eventually drifting on the wind currents out of sight and to an unknown destination. To date we are still looking for it.

The balloons whereabouts has generated many imaginative possibilities and not just from the children who participated in its construction and launch. A number of children who did not participate in the project also had some clear and strong ideas about what happened to the balloon, its journey, how and where it went!

“It was kind of blue. Maybe it went to gods Sky! Maybe it flew to gods sky and someone tied it to a stick and pulled it backdown to the ground. We should go back to the park and search for it!” (S.M.R2)

Tuesday Photo Gallery

Wednesday February 7th

Today, much like yesterday, we spent our time becoming familiar with each other and our new art space. We learnt about lead pencils and oil pastels and had some fun learning how to use them to colour “Blend” and “Smudge”, both are fundamental skills which we can build upon throughout the year and develop into more complex actions. We also learnt how to take care of them so they do not brake or become lost in the space.

Most of our images where inspired by the effects we could create from the blending and smudging technique. We also had some flower like examples created in oil pastel during yesterdays Atelier to inspirer us.

We have some photos hanging in the Atelier which document the Giant Balloon “Museo Areo Solar” and its launch. These photos ignited discussion among the students about the balloon and its whereabouts. 

“Museo Areo Solar” was a collaborative project which involved the creation of an 8 x 8 meter, recycled plastic bag, solar air balloon and culminated in the balloons eventual launch back on the 19th of December last year. 

The balloon launched successfully, inflating and rising into the air with ease. 

In fact the uplift generated by the power of the sun was so powerful the the balloon broke free from the ground anchored tethers and became air born. Eventually drifting on the wind currents out of sight and to an unknown destination. To date we are still looking for it. And today as it was yesterday many imaginative possibilities were put forward about where it might be and not just from the children who participated in its construction and launch. A number of children who did not participate in the project also had some clear and strong ideas about what happened to the balloon, its journey, how and where it went!

“The balloon it went up high to the shops and trees, then it popped! It’s in the park now near the trees.” (T.G.R2)

Wednesday Photo Gallery

Thursday February 8th

Today in the Atelier a number of our newest and youngest preschoolers were drawn to the oil pastels. Each spent time exploring the colours and developing a drawing either inspired by the flower like examples they found on the table, or just tapping into their own inspiration. 

While a few of our older students also pulled up a seat for a quick spontaneous moment with the pastels.

Some questions were asked about the Giant balloon photo documentation hanging in the space and as has been the case throughout the week, this inspired some beautifully articulated stories.

“I didn’t see it! The balloon! Its gone up to the space!” (T.G.R2)

Thursday Photo Gallery