RE: [art_education] Summer Art Program
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From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Tina
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 12:41 PM
To: Art Education Groups
Subject: [art_education] Summer Art Program
Dear Colleagues,Does anyone out there have some really great summer ideas for a small group of 7th graders? I will be teaching an enrichment class and am looking for something that would be appropriate for 4 weeks/8 sessions.All ideas are appreciated!Thanks
- Floral foam sculptures! We did these initially as a project for
Easter Island, but we'll be doing them this year in camp as part of
our "worst case scenario day" and they will be carved as tombstones.
All you need is a table cover (optional but recommended as it is a
MESSY project), knives- steak knives or even decent disposable plastic
knives will work-, awls or pins, 3-4 pieces of sized paper per
student, and one piece of floral foam per child, though keep a few on
hand extra in case they break or the child's concept just doesn't pull
through the first time.
I gave each child a piece of floral foam, 3 pieces of pre-sized
paper that fit around the foam. I had each child draw what they though
the statue would look like from that perspective- left, right, and
head on. This is so important to kids who have never done this kind
of work before. Tell them to use the entire piece of paper- don't try
to create tiny images in the center, it will never crave out
correctly. Give them examples of somewhat done, half done and full
projects look like. I don't always give examples since I think it
sometimes stifles what they can create on their own, but this project
is so new to most kids that without examples, it is hard to see why
they would preform certain steps. Then hand them knives after you've
gone over their drawing and they have used the pins to push in a
tracing of what their sculpture will look like, and stand back.
Anyone with respiratory problems needs to have on a dust mask- in
fact, it's a good idea for every, but especially kids with breathing
Marbleizing paper and then taking that paper and making it into
journals or origami is a beautiful way to see a project through until
Everyone loves to tyedye, and this age is perfect to try advanced
knot work with. Though I would highly recommend some extra helpers
who have been given instruction in oriental knot making before helping
the kids with it. These knots can be used as zipper pulls, car
decorations, or as greeting card embellishments. Even guys like to do
these extra fancy knots. During my yearly classes, we will learn to
make knots and then draw them. It's amazing how drawing the knot
after you make it increases awareness of the space in the drawing.
(try before and after drawings, it's amazing :)
Another thing to do with string is create "knot art", or spacial
environments with knots. Making the tools of the art part of the art-
make a sculpture of say sticks that's cool and abstract, and then
connect it with beautiful knots or string that increases the value of
the object. The knots and string should add to the sculpture.
Have fun at your summer camp,
--- In email@example.com, Tina <teachemart1@...> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> Does anyone out there have some really great summer ideas for a small
> group of 7th graders? I will be teaching an enrichment class and am
> looking for something that would be appropriate for 4 weeks/8 sessions.
> All ideas are appreciated!