I am so excited to be a part of Manchester Community Colleges Arts and Education Center, teaching their ASAP Program (After School Art Program). I am working with 6th graders, they are crazy, full of energy and wildly creative.
Although the classes are only 2 hours long, I am finding that I need to keep a rather quick pace, otherwise the students lose interest and all hell breaks loose.
I usually start the class with a quick, high energy exercise, then roll into the project for the day. Here are some pictures of some of the quick “starters” and then one of the main projects we worked on. These kids are so talented, it makes my heart sing (really loud!!)
“Quick Start” drawing on news print. The idea is to draw on top of news print, turning the newspaper into a secondary design element.
“Quick Start” newsprint drawing. I love how this student created the sense of a fish tank, I also love the little fish and the changes of direction. Nice energy!
Paper Plate Prints. We drew patterns/pictures and then traced them onto styrofoam plates. We covered the plates with a light coating of paint and then pressed them onto paper. VERY COOL!
This is our print project set up. The kids were so creative and tried putting more than one color on each plate and design.
Finished project! After the prints dried, the students finished them by adding additional detail with paint pens. AWESOME!