Bones in Black and White

As we approach Halloween, the children are fixated on all things “spooky.” In order to indulge the spirit of Halloween in the art room and bridge it to our prior work on drawing self-portraits and our bodies, we created skeletons. The children used white paint, homemade relief-stamps of skulls, and up-cycled sticker tape on black construction paper to assemble “bones” into a skeleton. We talked about how skeletons are meant to be spooky at Halloween for fun, but really, it is what we all look like underneath our layers of skin and flesh and that that isn’t really scary at all. One child cleverly asked for a marker so he could draw bones inside his skeleton’s bones to show what it had eaten!

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We also continued our exploration of black and white with chalk on slate. The children love the bold contrast as well as drawing then erasing and drawing again. They were able to draw bones, skulls, and even cars then show them to one another, talk about them and then start over very simply. This is very satisfying when our patience or focus is thin on a Monday morning!

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As Halloween draws ever closer, our work with bodies, bones and more will continue….how exciting the ordinary can be this time of year.

–Miss Lori, Atelierista

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