|The Art Studio tables color coded and marked for appropriate social distance seating.|
|The Art Studio at YES with color sorted twistables.|
|Me, Mrs. Higgison the YES art teacher, unmasked.|
Greetings all for a brand new school year at YES, one that we know will be different than any others, and one that I am confident will be filled with ample time for creative problem solving and creative ' chillin' time, in the here in the Art Studio.
As write this blog from home today I am struck by how good it has felt this past week to actually see our kids and make art together again. Yes we are wearing masks, and we are working to be cognizant and careful to do our best to keep our social distances, to avoid shared art tools and be vigilant about washing our hands and wiping down surfaces. All that said, it feels great to be back.
As we do every year we are starting this year off by watching the Peter Reynolds book, THE DOT and being inspired to remain optimistic as we approach this year. If you are not familiar with the book its well worth a read, here is a link to THE DOT read aloud. September 15th was International Dot Day, where this year of 18 MILLION artists from all over the world made creations using dots as their starting point, in celebration of the power of creative thinking. Here at YES we too are 'making our marks' these first weeks of school. In order to experiment and explore a new technique and not share tools we are starting out this year using q-tips as our tools and working collaboratively to create 1foot dots, that are going to help us with maintaining our social distances in the hallways. I will update with the final products when complete but for now here is an image of the materials and tools.