Compression Self Portraits

Compression Self Portraits

We continue our investigation of beginning self-portraits with the Snowflake children. The children were shown a sampling of photographer Michael Wolf’s images of subway riders with their faces pressed up against the windows called ‘Tokyo Compression’. After examining some of Wolf’s portraits, the children created their own version of ‘Compression’ portraits with a plexiglass easel. We … Continue reading

Paint Catapult!

Paint Catapult!

Hey … I didn’t know you could make art by flying paint through the air! In thinking about this wondrous group of children and reflecting on their work in the studio and classroom over the past month or so, I began to think about how much this group is a community of children who live … Continue reading

Blue Room Post Office

Blue Room Post Office

For the past couple months, the Blue Room has been exploring the mail – sparked by an interest in setting up a post office in their dramatic play area. The whole school has gotten involved, all thanks to the Blue Room Post Service. MAKING A PLAN The Blue Room began by brainstorming what they would … Continue reading

The PSA Great Backyard Bird Count

The PSA Great Backyard Bird Count

From February 17-20th, many classrooms practiced being citizen scientists by participating in the National Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count.  By gathering at classroom windows or walking outside, children counted and identified the birds they saw. The numbers were tallied on the Audubon Society website, along with reports from birdwatchers all over the world!  This year’s … Continue reading

Looking at Eyes

Looking at Eyes

Two different classrooms have been interested in faces and bodies lately. Each group began their focus with an exploration of eyes, but in two completely different languages. Drawing Eyes The Purple Room started by drawing self-portraits, and then decided it would be interesting to isolate the different features of the face. The art specialist put out … Continue reading

Aviary Remodel

Aviary Remodel

To foster stewardship and community throughout PSA,  classrooms have volunteered to care for different areas of our school. The White Room teachers and children chose to care for the zebra finches and the aviary. To get to know these birds better and to begin to understand what their aviary habitat might require,we began by discussing, observing … Continue reading

Executive Director Search

Executive Director Search

Preschool of the Arts is looking for a permanent director for the 2017-2018 school year. Executive Director – Job Description Widely acclaimed as one of the premier early education programs in Wisconsin, Madison’s Preschool of the Arts is searching for a dynamic Executive Director to lead the school’s mission to provide a Reggio Emilia-inspired learning community supporting … Continue reading

Exploring Light and Shadow

Exploring Light and Shadow

Lights and shadows are naturally intriguing subjects, and many of our classrooms explore these concepts with all ages of children. These vast concepts allow our students to explore light from many perspectives. Take a look below at the many ways PSA has been looking at light lately. Light Tables and Loose Materials In the art … Continue reading

Drawing Many Ways

Drawing Many Ways

One of our youngest classrooms has slowly started to add in more art experiences within the classroom, either with a teacher or on their own. So far this year, we have only brought out art and drawing materials when they could be supervised by a teacher, but today, we started offering paper and crayons on the … Continue reading

Loose Parts Self-Portraits

Loose Parts Self-Portraits

For the past couple of weeks, the children have been working on their self-portraits for a collaborative piece to hang in the Gold Room. To support their developing self-concept in the art studio, the children created 3D self-portraits from “loose parts”.  The children created their likeness by arranging  jewelry, washers, and metal pieces, etc. to … Continue reading