Greetings from the art studio at Williamsburg Northside Preschool! As the Atelierista at WNP, it is my great pleasure to explore artistic expression with our 2- and 3-year- old learners. Recently, the Seahorse class has been exploring the wonderful world of shapes. Shapes, along with color and texture, are primary attributes with which children begin to categorize and make sense of their world. In the art studio, we look in depth into what makes a shape such as number of sides and type of sides (straight or curved). Once they can identify shapes, children delight in recognizing them in their environment, especially on their clothing. Once we start looking we can find shapes everywhere!
We began with the square, noticing that it has four sides that are all straight.
Next, the triangle with three straight sides.
Then the tricky circle with only one curvy side. The Seahorses delighted in discovering that we all have circles in our eyes!
We put circles together in a pattern to create polka dots.
Then we stretched out our squares into rectangles with two long straight sides and two short straight sides. Next the rectangles were repeated in a pattern to create stripes.
Finally we squished our circles down into ovals, and looked at how sometimes oval eggs hatch!
Throughout our shape explorations, we thought about spatial relationships: far apart, close together and the all-time favorite, overlapping!
Here are some shape books we enjoyed in the studio:
In addition the Seahorses created their own shape books to take home and continue to add to. What a fabulous time we have had with shapes!
Fionnuala Ross, MA, Atelierista