Cleocatra has arrived on Main Street!
We are grateful for another opportunity to participate in the Cat'n Around Catskill
community art project and fundraiser.
Special thanks to The Town of Catskill for sponsoring the school and
The Heart of Catskill Association for all their efforts.
Last year the Kindergarten Class loved creating Crystal Rainbow Cat, which you can find a link to by clicking on the highlighted name below:
This year we thought it would be nice if all the preschoolers could participate in the project.
As there are 32 preschoolers between the ages of 3 and 5, figuring out how everyone could have a hand in the project was interesting, so we literally had everyone add their hand to the project.
As we are an art focused preschool, one of the ways that the children communicate their stories is through their drawings. A simple drawing can have a whole meaning behind it, and it reminded me of Egyptian Hieroglyphs. With this in mind, we decided to do an Egyptian Cat with kid-glyph that have their own hidden meaning that passerby's could decipher.
When the cat arrived at school, she was met with many hugs and lots of excitement!
After being introduced to the cat, it was time to get to work, and it took a whole team effort to transform our cat into a black cat.
Once our cat was done with it's base coat the children began adding their hand prints in gold to resemble the gold collar of Egyptian Cats
For the face of the cat, we called in one of last year's veteran cat painters to do the eyes and jewelry.
Drawing small is a skill that requires a good amount of fine motor skills, so the older children in the school created the kid-glphs.
Below is the symbolic meaning of their artwork as dictated by the children:
I am very proud of these little artists and their excitement in making the cat, I can't wait to take a trip with the kids to see their reaction when they see her on Main Street!