Girls Of The Forest, 4 Days of Forest Art

Sharing The Planet

Pre-K integrated with Early Years Art

As we finish out the year we are making the most of the gorgeous Moscow weather and taking our art to the forest. Before planning these four days in the forest each girl draw a picture and spoke about what they wanted to do in the forest. As building snowmen were no longer an option we talked about what was available for us in the forest now. Repeating topics were mud, drawing, collecting natural materials and painting. Not so very long ago our art materials/mediums were all natural. Minerals, pigments, clay, wood and many other treasures from nature were all that was available to us. So this was a great way of having the girls experiment with materials of nature, in nature.

We hope you will enjoy our movie reflections. We had an amazing time together!

Be sure to click on movies play button (arrow) to start the movie/s for each day. There is one movie for each day out in the forest.

Day 1 Forest, Mud

Day 2 Forest, Birds



Day 3 Forest, Collection


Day 4 Forest, Birds Feeder Art

Spring Sing Picture Album

Pictures from our Spring Sing can now be found on our AAS Website in the flickr album, Spring Sing. (Thank you, Alexander) This is the link:       (please copy and paste)

Thank you coming to be with us on this joyous occasion. 

Below are a few pictures you will find in the Spring Sing Album

Below are some additional photos not found in the flickr album. Thank you to the mystery photographer. 🙂




Kindergarten Open Inquiry, Inspired Young Architects

How We Express Ourselves

A group of Kindergarten students came to me and asked if they could create buildings. Felix had been talking to many of the children about Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world. He made a clay tile piece from clay representing the Burj Khalifa and this sparked interest in his peer, quickly. (Felix’s Tile Below)

You might ask, “How exactly is the building connected to being ‘inspired by nature?” Glad you asked. According to Wikipedia the Burj Khalifa was inspired by a …

“Regional desert flower, the Hymenocallis, whose harmonious structure is one of the organizing principles of the tower’s design. In addition to its aesthetic and functional advantages, the spiraling “Y” shaped plan was utilized to shape the structural core of Burj Khalifa.

How fascinating that a desert flower could create such inspiration. We took that inspiration and decided to go to the library to see what kind of books we could find about buildings and their designs. When we got back from the library the children sat with a partner and looked through the books. After looking through many books, the children decided to base their ideas on the book below, ‘Dream Something Big’.To read more about the Watts Towers copy and paste this web address:

The Watt Towers are made of natural materials and the tools used to make these structures were non electric tools. Remember, metal and concrete are natural resources as well.

In this book we have metal sculptured towers and mosaic tiled buildings. These images gave the children ideas which divided them into groups according to the type of building project they wanted to create. Some children wanted to begin by working on a group project while others wanted a project of their own.

With all these ideas in mind, children began drawing what they wanted to design and create.


Being inspired by nature does not always mean that you need ‘natural materials’ to create with. It also means that something ‘natural’ inspired us to create.

While one group began to work on a flat architectural design project others decided they wanted to create a wire sculpted building, and some participated in both projects.

“I want to create a city with lots of buildings.” -Yanni                                        “Yeah, and some towers. We could put them altogether when we finish.”-Emma McK.

The children listed all the ‘kinds’ of buildings that were possible and among these buildings were: bakeries, restaurants, homes, hotel, clock tower (“Like the Big Ben” -Sasha), pet store and the list goes on.


The creative process is messy and often times it takes lots of problem solving and perseverance to finish a project.

Below are photos of the children working on their wire sculptures. Materials were laid out and children decided what and how they were going to use them.

“The wire sculpture, there were wooden and we made it out of wire. I did loopy loops and wires are bendable and it’s hard wire.” -Emma

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In the meantime, a small group of children began working on a flat mosaic artwork of buildings lined up together side by side. The children brainstormed what these buildings could be.

From one of the drafts pictured at the beginning of this blog, the drawing was recreated onto a cork surface. Below children are helping to create part one of the buildings out of clay.

Once the clay was ‘bisque fired’ (put into a kiln and ‘cooked’) the children placed the homemade building tile onto the cork to have a ‘think’ about what colors to glazed the building.

“Let’s paint the building yellow. That would be a good color with the others tiles we will use.” -Emma F.


“Yes, good idea and I will glaze the flowers and people in the window. I think red flowers with a yellow middle is good. Also, the ‘things next to the windows’ (shutters) I will glaze them green like in Greece.” -Yanni

In the photos below you can see that chimneys are being glazed at well.

Now the process of mosaicing begins. One tile at a time.

After the children decided what colors to use on each building, tiles were glued down. A lot of problem solving and perseverance took place as the tiles needed to be rearranged when we found out we didn’t have enough of a certain color or we didn’t like the ‘look’ of it.


In the picture above, children were deciding how to tile the windows. One student joins the group adding her own ideas.

“I liked putting on the clay tiles because it was like a puzzle and I liked it.” -Yanni

“This is the president’s house. On HER house she has a flag. This is her flag! You like it? Her house it SO FANCY!”


Next, the balconies were tiled and wire handrails were made.

Once the all the tiles were glued the mosaic piece was grouted and a sky was painted.

Next, doors were painted and final details were added.

“OH, this looks so good my mom won’t believe I made this!” -Felix

“I liked putting on the clay tiles because it was like a puzzle and I liked it.”              -Emma F.

This project inspired our even younger artists to think about building design.


At the same time as the mosaic project was going on children worked on or took turns constructing wooden structure sculptures.

A basic structure was created using various sized craft sticks.

Once the foundations of the building was added then colored shapes, sticks, and other wooden elements were added to complete the sculptures.

   “I made a clock tower. Do you see the clock?” -Claire

“We made hotels! One is the Jaden Hotel and one is the Sergii Hotel. They are both tall so we named the hotels for them. We made the hotels. You have to jump on the trampoline and jump to your bedroom at the Jaden Hotel. At the Sergii Hotel you have to climb to your bedroom. They have a little playground around here (at the base) and they can jump in the swimming pools.”            -Yanni & Felix

“I liked using the hot glue gun to make decorations.” -Zofia

Wooden Sculpture Gallery:





All Open Inquiry Projects and Structures will be on display May 20th during our Kindergarten Expo from 10:00am -11:00am.

Recycled Art


How The World Works and How We Express Ourselves

Making Personal Connections to Art

As we look to nature for our inspiration as artists we are motivated to reuse ‘unnatural’ materials.

Being inspired by nature can also mean being inspired to protect it. As we know there is much information out these days regarding our plastic waste and how it is affecting our environment. As artists, we look to see how we can repurpose some of our daily plastic waste.


“Recycle, then we don’t put in the trash.” -Feleine

“They go in the trash and then they go to the sea, the fish eat the trash think it’s food. They die. -Domitille

“We can start taking nature like leaves and petals of the flowers. We can make out of plastic the things from nature.” -Ishaan

Children began this project by sorting colored bottle caps.

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who helped us to collect bottle caps. We will continue to collect plastic bottle caps of all sizes and colors. 

Once the caps were sorted by color several attempts were made to create a picture with the bottle caps. Some of the first thoughts were to create a sky with flowers along the bottom to make a ‘Spring Scene.’ Another idea was to create a beach with lots of crabs crawling around.


As we know, children are fascinated by the magical effects of a rainbow and how fitting is a rainbow for the EY Rainbow Room?

On a ‘side note’, early in the year I decided to call the EY Arts Room the Rainbow Room. Why, might you ask? Both Pre-K and Kindergarten label their rooms by color. Since all Pre-K and Kindergarten classes come to the EY Arts Room, all their class colors come together to create a rainbow.

The final idea was to create a rainbow with the bottle caps and all Kindergarten classes supported this idea and helped create our bottle cap rainbow.

Our final step was to hammer the caps into the cork.

“I feel like there is gold at the end of the rainbow. I have always wanted to go to the end of the rainbow.” -Claire

“When you have sun and rain you have a rainbow.” -Tereza

“Sometimes I’ve seen a double rainbow, in Italy.”


“Sometimes I would put the hose in the sun and I see a rainbow.” -Emma F.

“Is there really a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.” -Iker

“The rainbow is part of the Earth because it has colors of the Earth.” -Aldani

“Rainbows are hard to see and they look beautiful after the rain. You make a wish!” -Anna

“Last time we bought a sprinkler in Miami, when I turned it on there was a rainbow next to the sprinkler. It wasn’t raining when I turned it off. It was gone, I think!” -Iker

“I went to hammer cap on the cork and some of them came off. We hammer then back on.” -Zahra


“When we were hammering them a little too hard they unstucked and we hammered them on with no glue on.” -Jaden

Once the caps were nailed onto the corkboard children had a good look at what they had made together. It took a lot of problem solving and perseverance to complete a project like this. As we reflected on this artwork, we thought about whether or not it was finished. Could something be added or is our rainbow finished? We shall see. 🙂



Pre-K and Kindergarten ‘Spring Sing’

Details about this event have been sent to Kindergarten families through Seesaw and to Pre-K families through email. If you have not received this information and if you have any questions please contact me at:

When:  Monday, May 20th; 9:00 am sharp the ‘sing along’ begins

Where:  ES PE Gym (In the case of rain we will be in the Maly Theater)

Dress Code:

Children: Formal Uniforms with comfortable shoes that will stay on the child’s feet.

Adults: Anything from yoga pants to couture. Just be sure you can sit on the floor crisscross and you can move about easily. No heels please.

*For those who are not able to sit on the floor or need to be near a pram, there will be short benches along the outer edge. Everyone is encouraged to sit with their child on the floor, if possible.

I look forward to singing with you soon.

Inspired By The Gifts of Spring

How The World Works

As we develop an appreciation for art, we look to the artists who inspire us with scenes of nature. For example, the children were influenced by the famous painting, ‘Sunflowers’ by Van Gogh. As we have sunflowers from our very own Kindergarten Garden and had fresh sunflowers in the classroom, we began to observe and draw the details of the flowers while also thinking about their proportions. First, the children began to draw using pen and paper, then oil and pastel on black paper and finally, those who chose to do so painted a floral bouquet. Through this exercise children were able to experiment with different mediums and each student had the opportunity to talk about their work with their teacher and classmates. Discussion we had about proportions, details and how they felt about their work and why.

Below are pictures from our experience.

Questions to think about when observing the flowers.

What shapes do you see?

Do you recognize any patterns? What are they?

What do you notice about the stems?

” Circles, Triangles, Rectangles”


“(The petals) They go from dark to lighter.” -Ishaan


“One day when I was traveling I saw a red flower. The pattern was red, white, red, white (petals). -Eduardo


“The stems are crooked.” -Feliene


“They bend sideways (stems).” -Mason


“Some are dark and some are lighter (stems)”. -Domitille


“One day I looked at Russia film. I saw rainbow flower.”


“I made a rainbow flower and what made it look real was the green stems.” Jasmin


“I worked really hard to make the petals and I did the pot black and purple.” -Emma W.

Here are a few examples of the children’s pen and paper drawings and oil pastels and black paper creations.

“I was drawing a sunflower. I tried very hard to do it. It was very hard so when I finished drawing it I colored with the oil pastel. I enjoyed it!” -Vera


As an exploration of mediums and color mixing children were provided with paper, spray bottles, tissue paper and sponge rollers. The results are spectacular, and we will be using these papers to matt children’s drawings.

“LOOK!, the colors are changing!”

“Look at my hands!”

“Wow, the water is making the tissue make colors. How is it doing that?”

“This is fun!”

Children’s observation drawings will soon be displayed on our EY Art Bulletin Board.

After the sunflower and flower observational drawings, the children were inspired to create more sunflowers. As a group we will work together to create a multi-medium artistic piece. Details coming soon. 






Pre-K Open Inquiry Signs and Symbols

Signs and Symbols

During our Pre-K Open Inquiry EY Classes we have been connecting the idea of signs and symbols to music. Automatically our minds may go to music symbols such as a tenor or treble clef, notes and fermatas but what other ways can we symbolize movement and music? In the Fall we learned about rhythm and explored ‘ta and ti-ti” patterns which led us to other ways to ‘read’ and symbolize music and movement.

During these past weeks children have been learning more about rhythm patterns. We have used non pitch instruments, voice and body percussion to read picture symbols. Did you know that words create rhythms? Try clapping ‘hamster, caterpillar, raccoon, snake”. Each word creates a rhythm naturally. Taking these words/picture symbols we added sounds creating rhythm patterns. Children experimented with these rhythms while learning more about how to create new sounds.

Next, we began singing one of our favorite songs, “I’m a Little Mouse.” At the end of this song we had body symbol cards that we would mimic making our own choreography.

Below are some samples of our body movement ‘symbols’.



“I think this movement is called ‘holding the hand and leg up and foot down!” -Patrick




More Photos in A Picture Gallery Below 

Then came the big balloon. Using a very large balloon and mallets children got to ‘play conductor’. The symbolic movements of a conductor are important in creating music within a group. Each child had the opportunity to conduct sound while leading a group who played non percussion instruments. Every time the mallet hit the balloon the percussionists needed to make a sound with their instrument. The conductor controlled the speed and rhythm of the ‘music.’

(Conducting) “It was hard when I was doing the fancy song. Like the movements I done. It was difficult for the students (to follow). Next time, I might arrange the song different.” -Brayden


“I love when Louisa’s balloon flew away.” -Una


“I liked when the balloon popped. It could be part of the music!” -Jasmin




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Inspiration in Clay

Stories and Nature Inspired Clay Works

How We Express Ourselves

In this past month, EY Arts students have been exploring and creating with clay as mentioned in the previous posts. Kindergarten learners had a focus on being inspired by nature while Pre-K learners were focused on story-telling and creating characters out of clay.

Both Kindergarten and Pre-K artists have created bowls, cups, baskets, statues, animals, and many other objects out of clay. Some thought about what they wanted to create while others experimented with the clay until they came up with an idea. In the EY Arts Blog ‘Clay in a ‘Pinch’ the process the children went through to create these pieces is explained. Here are a few examples.

Children created whatever came to mind. Many pinch pots turned into animals such as elephants and birds while tiles turned into stories or gardens. 

Next, Kindergarten students went on to create tiles, sculptures and weaving frames while looking to nature for inspiration, as artists.

Children were asked to draw a sketch of what they wanted to make.

First, Children were asked to draw a sketch of what they wanted to make.

Then with a rolled-out piece of clay they began to add and mold the clay to create what they wanted.

Once the clay was dry, they were fired in a kiln. Next, the pieces were glazed.

Next, the pieces were glazed. Again, the artwork was fired once more, and these are some of the results.

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Next, Kindergarten students were asked to think of something from nature that they could add a weaving area to. We had talked about how we can get ideas from nature, for example, a spider web. We looked carefully at the patterns spiders make when weaving their web and we used this as an inspiration for our clay pieces.

Again, children were to draw out their ideas that would include an area for weaving within their clay work.

Once the drawings were made, children were given a rolled-out piece of clay to make a circle or star into the clay. Then repeating the idea from their sketches, they began to etch and then cut the clay to the shape they wanted.

Once the clay had been fired in the kiln. The pieces were glazed.

String was strung through the holes and the children wove yarn between the strings. Each chose the color or colors they wanted and could weave as little or as much of the area as they liked.

Children were very proud of their ‘nature inspired weavers’. Thanks to spiders we were able to study their weaving patterns and come up with ideas of our own.

Sample Gallery:

Titles include:

A Horse, Tree in Autumn, Inspired by a Rainbow, A White Bone, Mystery Colored Bone, Horse in Field, Waves, Horse with Glaze, Wave Ripples, Waves Crashing on Rocks, Tree from Clay and Modeling Clay, Double Rainbow

Pre-K students continued to create pinch pots while others made story tiles. Here are a few samples below: 

First, the drawing of the story.

Then, creating the story out of clay.

Next, Glazing

 Samples of students Work with stories:

Olivia –The Movie “Once there was a unicorn and she really anted a toy crab. And she her mom said, “Ok, I will buy one for you.” And then they went back home and played some games, and dinner and went to bed. And they woke up in the morning and then they went out shopping for food and then they went home to have a rest and then watched tv. And then they listened to nice music and then they drawed some nice pictures.”

Ben- The Sun “Once upon a time there were two trees being too hot by the sun and the two trees said, “can you please go away!” So the sun went away into the town and went higher up instead of being low down. The trees said, “we miss the sun. It is too dark and too cold.” And then the sun comes back and they are all happy.” The End

Anastasia- Angry Dinosaur “Once upon a time there was a dinosaur and a cat and the cat did go to the dinosaur world. Then the cat did go to the back of the dinosaur and then the dinosaur was angry! He say, “Get off my back!” But the cat said, “let’s be friends.” And then they played together ‘Hide and Seek’.” The End

Braden- Wind “There was a bird who was flying over a shooting star and then the star was by the moon. The clouds were moving by the wind and then the light was moving into a hole made by a star. Then the waves got bigger. Then the waves got smaller and then they got medium. Then it got small so then there was not so much wind and it got cloudy. Then it wasn’t wavy anymore.” The End

Charlie- Playing With Cat “I am in my house and I am playing with my cat. And now I cook hamburgers. Then I made a fire outside and cooked my marshmallows. I eat it and my brother ate it and my mom and my dad. Then I sleep. 

Taya- Unicorn “Once upon a time there was a princess named Annabelle. One day she went for a walk and got lost in forest and then she found a unicorn and she said, “Can you help me please to get home?” The unicorn said, “Climb on my back. I’ll take you home and the unicorn take the princess home.” The End

Sample Work Gallery:


All Grades: Eco Fair Art Opportunity

All ES Artists are invited to create an artwork for our ECO FAIR art exhibit. All works will be shown.

Theme; Wildlife Animals, Birds or Insects

Create a 2D or 3D artwork of your favorite Wildlife.

2D artworks should be no bigger than an A3 paper.

Choose any art form you like! Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Junk Modelling, Sculpture, Photography.

  • Bring your finished work to the Hall of Flags on Thursday 18 April
  • Pin it on the boards available on the day
  • Place 3D art works on the table
  • Be sure that your name and class can be seen on the work.

Thank you for bringing joy, celebration and color to our Eco Fair, through art!