Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring Break Art Camp

In the workshop

Woodland Storybook Camp at the Little Bits Workshop, day 2

After our inspiring day in the woods, it was time to get writing!  The kids worked hard developing a story with woodland characters.  After their stories were written they used colored pencils to illustrate their pages.

The kids were so proud of their books!  I loved reading their stories with them.

Art and literacy
Colored pencil illustration
Hand written pages

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring Break Art Camp

Woodland Storybook Camp at the Little Bits Workshop

Helping out at the workshop is always such a blast.  Liita comes up with magical activities for the kids that get their creativity flowing!

While we all wish it was warmer here, we still enjoyed a hike into Thatcher Woods.  We were on a mission to identify places that fairies might live and to pick up items that could be used to build fairy houses back at the workshop.

Time for a story
Home for a fairy?
Fairy hiding spot
Hunting for moss

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Choice Based Art

BASA Week 10

This was the last class of our session.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with this group of kids and I hope I was able to get them to think about art in new and different ways.  I saw a quote today that sums up how I feel. "Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else."

The pedagogy of Teaching for Artistic Behavior supports kids in finding their creative voice in an authentic learning environment.

I promised the class that I would not speak to the whole group which would allow more time to work.  I almost kept my promise.  I read the book "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" by Maya Angelou and artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat.  The book expresses courage, which I think all of the students have shown in the way they have opened up and shared their artwork with each other.  I also read this book because Basquiat's art is so vibrant and child-like; I knew it would appeal to these kids.