October 2015 Atelier - Mid-Pacific Institute

Art - Guillory

October 2015 Atelier

Posted on October 1, 2015

by Ms. Guillory on October 1, 2015


Using media as a tool to look deeper and deepen our provocation work. I often share that this is a big difference between "art classes" and what we do with children. We use media not only to express ideas, but to provoke the generation of ideas. In kindergarten, the students are using cameras as a tool to look closer, capture, and be able to reflect on their inquiry into plants. The camera provides a new perspective through the lens. And children learn by seeing multiple perspectives, i.e. we do not understand something just by seeing it in one way. A photograph can also be an incredible tool when we go back to reflect on experiences. For the children it is a way at that moment in time for them to be able to capture what they have noticed.

The children have been working hard working in groups per their interest of air, dirt, roots, plant language, physical chareristics, bugs, aging and germs. These groupings came about after teachers analyzed the children's observational drawings. In the classroom they have been meeting in small groups discussing their ideas about these processes, making theory drawings, and re-theorizing. I am also taking each group out and meeting with them and posing questions and collecting more information through images, sketches, etc in our "outdoor atelier."

Children not only learn so much from each other, but they also learn from having shared experiences together. These experiences help children to build new theories around their interests. In my storehouse pdf of the children I also felt it important to share another piece that is so special about our program. At our teachers meetings, we discuss your children's ideas and theories, what questions to pose next, and the sharing of ideas. We feel this is so important because children's learning is a ball tossed between the child and teacher as we construct knowledge with them.



In preschool, like kindergarten. there are multiple layers developing within our curriculum. In the studio we have begun creating stories with our storyboard of Mauna Kea, i.e., again perspective ( very important tool in helping children to gain multiple understandings of a subject), going outside yourself and taking on the perspective of the other. Again we use media as a way to provoke ideas so the children use images of Mauna Kea at night and during the day and create the characters for their stories on little pieces of felt so they are able to move the characters around as the story unfolds. This visual helps the children to think of the plausible within their stories as well as creatively

We also continue to have an idea atelier in one of the rooms. This atelier was started this past summer with the children and has changed and morphed as the year has progressed. It is a place where children's minds and hands can come together in an intuitive way. (This week I will send out a longer pdf sharing some thoughts and images around what the children of created within this atelier)

Our first research trip offers another piece that is so vital in the learning process, Shared Experience. In going out together, the children share together an experience in which they can have shared ideas. This is common ground for the children to begin to reflect and think about. It also adds perspective to our work in the studio, although the children cannot go to Mauna Kea, the Koolau can give them a perspective of what it's like to be on a mountain, what it feels like, smells like, sounds like. The children begin to develop ways in looking at what they are understanding about their worlds.


In this storehouse pdf, I'd like to share some ideas and stories from the Mauna Kea storyboard provocation in the studio.

https://strh.se/aEbcd1gvDeCQ Below is the link for Pali research trip: https://strh.se/eWa89kL3sWjw