I love projects that young artists of varying ages can accomplish and enjoy at their own level. In this class, the youngest was 2.5 and the oldest was 10, with several ages in between. They made tabletop lanterns featuring shapes, lines, faces, words, hearts, animals, jack-o-lanterns, the globe, Lego Star Wars, a Dallas Clayton bunny, with both tracings and freestyle art.
I had trouble getting good pictures of the lanterns in the dark, lit up from within. There’s one at the end that (sort of) came out, of a traced fox (found unnamed on Pinterest)—and this artist put a lid on her lantern 🙂
This project was inspired by lovely handmade lanterns by Rebecca Kedborn in Sweden (check out Scandinavian Toys, her Etsy shop). We made ours with parchment paper, markers and Sharpies, small LED “flickering candle” lights, and a lot of creativity.
The young artists today, ranging from 2.5-years-old to 13, took used books from library sales and made them into works of art: collage, Sharpies, stickers, pens, cutting, ripping, taping, stamping, editing text, and googly eyes. Plus Yoda’s head and a cyclops in a canoe…
Watercolor class exploring color combinations, masking fluid and salt. Every one unique!
(Red Alert Masking Fluid/Frisket warning—it gums up the brushes like nobody’s business. When I did the sample, I washed out my brush within a minute, so I didn’t realize the danger. But the kids were all painting away until they had a gummy blob at the end of their brush, and were looking at me all confused and “Can I have a new brush?” I was able to save some of the brushes, but others seem beyond hope. I recommend either buying cheap brushes for this, or reminding the kids to wash out their brushes every minute or so.)
The young artists, ages 4 to 14, traced shadows of objects, toys, and their hands in a dark room with a spotlight, then filled the shapes in with abstract designs, color blocks, and Zentangles. Not one of the projects came out the way I thought they would—which pleases me to no end!