The newest editions to my art room are black-out shades, blacklights, and fluorescent paints! This allowed us to have an awesome end of the year party, at which we painted ourselves, our papers, our plaster hands, the tables, and even the poor floor, which kids said looked like a galaxy (it came off easily!)
Why a glow party? I want kids to remember their unique art experiences when they're 80 years old with a great-grandkid on their lap. I want them to say, "I remember when I did ________ in my art class." I think this is one memory that will stick!
I have wanted to do this project with my elementary classes for a long time. It's one of my favorite art memories from childhood, except we did not cast our hands, we cast our FACES! The kids, who were initially skeptical and may have thought their teacher had lost her mind, warmed up to the idea of having their hands wrapped in gooey plaster gauze, allowing it to harden, and then sliding it off. The sliding off was the hard part! It would have helped if their hands were boneless! After they spent a week drying, the kids painted their sculptures and some added embellishments and fluorescent paint so they glowed during our Glow Parties.
Here are the winners of our 2nd Annual Flapdoodles Ice Cream Art Contest! Nearly all my students created 3-D clay relief sculptures mounted on painted canvas panels with an ice cream theme. The owners of Flapdoodles selected the winners from 3 categories: 7-9 yo, 10-12 yo, and Intermediate. The art is currently displayed at Flapdoodles South through July.
Drama students performed my original mini-musical, Unleashed!, about a writer who is typing a story about characters in an enchanted story, when suddenly the characters begin to interact with her and try to take over the story. We even had a cool slow-motion blacklight glow scene! Thanks to the over 30 friends and families who came to watch!
These ladies let me guide them through watercoloring feathers and nests in honor of the long-awaited arrival of spring!
Our 2nd Annual Flapdoodles Ice Cream Art Contest is underway! The students planned and executed these adorable clay relief sculptures, mounted on painted canvas panels. Some are still life sculptures and others incorporate animals enjoying ice cream, inspired by the book "Gorilla Loves Vanilla." Here are all the entries. Winners announced in April!
Drama students created their own paper mâché marionettes to help them tell the story of Tacky the Penguin, based on the book by Helen Lester. The read winter poems, created voices and personalities for their puppets, and sang songs to tell the story of a penguin who just doesn't quite fit in. It was SO adorable!
Jill Pearson, owner & instructor at Riverwood Studio, Oronoco, Minnesota