Friday, August 20, 2010

In the studio: top secret

Oh, dear. I seem to have dropped off the face of the earth. It's been a rough month here, and I needed to devote my time to my family for a while. I'm sorry for the unannounced disappearance. Thank you for checking back! (And welcome to Pink Picket Fence readers! I hope you'll stay and read a while!)

As a baby step to getting back in the swing of blogging, here's an easy one...what's been happening in the studio this week. Shhh...don't tell. It's a top secret project (hope none of the families in my program are checking this blog!)

We've got one more week left until the end of the school year. This is a super-big end-of-year for me. Four years ago, I started this program in my home with a group of children ranging from 2 months to 2 1/2 years. This year, four of those original children are leaving for kindergarten. They've been here 4 years: 80 percent of their life. And now they're scattering to four different schools, and most of my original group will be gone. As you can imagine, it's an emotional moment for me, and for their parents. We're working on gifts which will be presented at our "graduation" next Friday. For the first time, we're using "real artist canvases."
The kids drew self portraits in front of a mirror, and then copied their drawings onto the canvas. Now, we're in the process of adding color.

I can't wait to see the parents' reactions. But not the tears that will follow.

Please bear with me in this crazy last week; I'm up to my ears in work and food and family visits. But I'll be back!


Luisa said...

Glad your on a slow way back to blogging. It hasn't been a good summer for blogging but much better to be outside. Hope the family is well.
Love this studio series. The kids artwork is incredible and your ideas are so thoughtful.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

This is the very sweetest thing. :)

Julie Anita said...

Hi there! I found you through Pink Picket Fence when you won that random drawing :) and I'm glad I did! I'm a Reggio-Emilia toddler teacher in MA, so we have some things in common!

Lise said...

Hi, Julie Anita,
Thanks for your comment! I hope you see my reply here; looks like comments are closed on your blog. Always nice to meet another Reggio-inspired teacher! :-)