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Creating Comics

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Comic books at Art Club! I had a number of requests for this one–it was time.

To begin, I drew a series of random blank pages with a charcoal pencil, copied a dozen of each and set them out. A long reach stapler like this is handy for bookbinding and strong enough for thick stacks.

The set up—choose your own paper and bind your book:

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Commence creativity:

Finished (or  nearly finished) books:

And because it’s fall, a campfire and marshmallows to round things off:

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Art Club ‘Zine: Summer 2014

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Art Club has met back-to-school season, but is not giving up! I figured an end-of-summer-vacation ‘zine was in order… Also wanted to be amazed by how many people  around me have never heard of a ‘zine. Ahem.

I love seeing all those hands joining in creatively. Taking turns is not always as great as squeezing in at once. Each child got their own page, signed the “made by” page, and joined in for a collaborative cover. I had the kids collate the pages and staple their own books together. I haven’t made a ‘zine since I was 13, but now I remember why it’s so much fun.  It came out even more awesome than I thought it would 🙂

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Illuminated Letters & Art Journals

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In YAG this week, children from ages 2 to 14 created Art Journals. Always a hit, because you make it and then you get to use it: the art that keeps on giving.

We began with a quick chat about illuminated letters—my suggestion for the cover which they were free to accept or detour. Watercolor paper was given all around, and some of it actually met watercolors, while other artists went for Sharpies. Ah, Sharpies. You stink bad, but we love you.

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I realized that if I had the young artists punch their own paper, they’d be sitting there for a couple of hours, or walk away with a five-sheet journal. I wanted them to make as thick or thin a book as they wanted, so the good folks on Firefly and I tackled the preparations the night before—measuring, cutting paper, and punching holes.

While paintings dried, the journal building began:

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I supplied plain and colored paper, lined loose-leaf paper, and a cardboard backing, all cut to size (8.5 x 6.5 inches). The kids also had on hand a box of magazines, maps, and desk calendars to cut extras from. They sized and punched holes in these themselves.

The books grew beautifully, and while feeding the papers though the loose binder rings was a bit of an awkward task, I reminded myself that it’s not the ease of a project that makes it worthwhile. There’s a lot more involved.

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And the art continued…

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Altered Books

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…

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