I've never seen so much tiny colorful squares! All these little squares were in a giant pile just waiting to be turned into something awesome, like a mosaic! If the wind didn't blow it all away first.
I had tracers available for the kids to trace if they had trouble drawing animals or people. I showed them my example and gave them pretty simple instructions. Maybe too simple of instructions. I left out some details that I should have said to make the project run smoother and have more acceptable results.
The kids started on the right foot with their pencil drawings. But some kids became a little bored and began to just pile on glue and take handfuls of the colored squares and just dump them on their paper. I encouraged them to try to make the mosaic but I didn't want to "fight" with the kids that were not into it. After all, this is just a craft camp. It's just for having fun! And as long as the kids are having fun, then I reached my goal. But until I have my own classroom, the child can pile on as much squares they want. =]
Overall, the kids loved the craft camp. Their favorite project was making the hard cover books. I had a very enjoyable week running the craft camp. I believed this was a great opportunity to get my hands dirty before I am totally in charge of my own art room. I planned lessons, I delivered lessons, I assisted students, I prep all the supplies for each day, and did necessary research for the projects. And this camp also helped me learn that things don't always go as you plan. It gave me a chance to learn from mistakes and figure out how I can adjust the projects to make them better. This was a great week and I am so glad I did this. And none of this would have been possible if it wasn't for my years at College for Creative Studies and all the donations of art supplies from friends. Thank you!
What a day! I thought that book making would have been the most difficult project this week but today was more of a challenge for them. But I am happy that they didn't give up right away. All the kids did a great job at being open to the project and trying their very best. This was a challenge for me as well. How well I explained the instructions and how I assisted the students.
Today the kids designed their own greeting cards by designing a print. Using a pen or pencil, the kids embossed a design on styrofoam trays to create their print. Next, the kids used a brush to ink their prints. Then the kids pressed the print onto card stock. The kids also had the chance to practice on scraps sheets of paper until they achieved the desired relief.
The challenges the kids faced was adding too much, or too little of paint to their prints, and not embossing well enough. Some kids became frustrated and I tried my best to encourage them. I encourage them to try a few times to create their prints, until I let them paint freely on paper. I explained that printmaking takes practice just like everything else, and I assured them that I was happy that they tried.
The results were still acceptable considering all factors. So great job everyone! =D I am proud that you all tried your best at this printmaking project. *applause*
Tomorrow is the last day of Craft Camp so be sure to check back to see what the last project is all about.
If you are an Adventure Time fan then you are going to love what was being created today. Also if you like Matryoshka dolls, or known as, nesting dolls, then you will love this.
Who would have thought that plastic Easter eggs would be perfect to make nesting dolls. I always wondered what use could plastic eggs have other than on Easter. Then, the idea just came to me. Easter eggs would be perfect to make nesting dolls!
The kids were very eager to get started. Since there were so many Adventure Time fans, there were a lot of Adventure Time characters. And they all turned out great!
There was only enough for each child to get one medium egg and one little egg to place inside. I am thankful for all the Easter egg donations. I just wished I had some large eggs or more little eggs. Next time. =]
But there was a lot of dolls that were designed and I am happy with the results. I think the kids were happy too. The dolls were designed using colored Sharpies. Simple. I would love to try and use small brushes and paint next time.
This is a project that I think I would love to take into the classroom with a little more structure. Talk more about the Matryoshka dolls, their themes, and planning a sketch of what each doll would look like before beginning the project. There are a lot of possibilities.
make sure you check out what will be imagined and created tomorrow!
Wow. I am super impressed at how the kids did today. There was no cutting corners, no racing to get finished, and they all worked at my pace. Super awesome job today.
After six bottles of white glue, sticky fingers, and lots and lots of patience, the kids successfully constructed their very own hardcover books. Hats off to these kids because I was hesitant to do this kind of book project. I was afraid that it was going to be too difficult for them but they did an excellent job. I cannot say that enough.
I directed the kids step by step through the process of gluing the pages together, gluing the book cloth to their hardcovers, and weighting down their books so the would dry strong. They even added ribbon for some flare! One child thought it would be nice to glue in a bookmark and she soon inspired other to do the same. It was awesome!
All the pages were recycled documents from my years at school, haha. I've collected so much essays, flyers, and in class reading documents that I knew I was no longer going to need or even look at again. But I didn't want to just throw paper in the trash. So I'm glad I was able to recycle it and make it into books.
Shout out to Arts and Scraps! I got all my supplies there.
The way I lead the students through the project worked out so well. I feel this experience so far is really preparing me to be more confident in my teaching style and how I will run my classroom, and how I keep the students on track and focused.
Excited for tomorrow! Be sure to come back and check it out here!
First day of Craft Camp was a big mess. Paint was splatter everywhere! It was like a unicorn exploded on my front lawn. Which is great because it was a Jackson Pollock kind of day. =D
Taking on the role of Jackson Pollock, the kids found their inner artist and followed Jackson's "action painting" style to create a painting on canvas. Each canvas was painted with a blue background. Then the kids splattered any color they wanted on the canvas. The canvas are then going to be constructed together to make one unified painting to be donated to the children's hospital or another place. (I still have to figure that out) Once each kid created a piece of the painting, they got the chance to make their own to take home. We even talked about who Jackson Pollock was and how he created his work.
I must say, there was some kids who really got into it and it was interested to witness. One child placed his painting on the ground, like Jackson Pollock, and proceeded to fling paint at his canvas. It was awesome! It was like a dance.
Then the kids wanted to paint more so they grouped up and painted two large canvases for the big instillation painting. And those turned out amazing!!
I'm excited what the kids are going to offer on day #2 of Craft Camp.
Also this happened:
Hello! It's been forever since I posted. I've been kicking it back this summer. (sort of) and never got around to post stuff on my blog. I've been absorbing the summer rays, and studying for my test to be state teacher certified. grrrrrrrr! I don't want to get into that...
So in a couple weeks I will have 20 something kids at my place for a fun exciting Craft Camp! I am so excited to be able to do this and it wouldn't have been possible without the donation of art supplies from friends. Thank you!!!
I am excited to be able to teach some art lessons to the neighborhood kids on my street. There are quite a handful of kids running around and so I'm excited. I can not stop saying how excited I am.
Photos will be up in a few weeks of the results of the kids work and the camp! So keep a look out!
I am an artist who enjoys the outdoors and living in Michigan where I can live in all four seasons in one day. I love cake or anything that is sweet!