Greetings, families! Today I’m sharing a blog from the Seahorse classroom, a 2-year old class of budding writers. I hope you’ll enjoy learning how their Head Teacher, Sandra Anderson-Bohl, makes early pre-writing skills accessible and sustains motivation for mastering this important skill.
In the Seahorse class, we have been rather engrossed in writing letters and drawing pictures. Collecting self-portraits and an excursion to the local mailbox have further ignited our enthusiasm for mark making using oil pastels. Recently, we decided to turn one of our display walls into a place for students to independently explore and practice meaningful mark making. The Seahorses love adding to our “living portfolio” over the course of the day.
Recently, we extended their work in this area by sharing invisible messages. Each child first created a design with white oil pastel on white paper.
We then surprised ourselves when we revealed the designs with washes of liquid watercolor.
During this activity, the Seahorses made scientific observations about the interaction between the oil pastel and water-based paint. They saw how the liquid watercolor, which beaded or rolled or over areas that were covered in oil pastel, allowed us to observe areas of positive and negative space develop.
We also discovered that the amount of pressure we applied to the pastels determined the level of vibrancy and contrast between the white pastel versus color. Some of us noted that when certain colors such as yellow and blue came in contact with each other on paper, they started to merge into shades of green. So not only was this a lesson in creativity but also an experience to further explore color theory. We look forward to more exciting explorations with the Seahorses this month!