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.
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:
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.
And the art continued…