Anyhow, a new 8-week session of DragonWing Arts (my after-school art class business) has been underway for two weeks now, and I've got a lively and fun crew! After a couple of years of classes with just three or four students, suddenly I find myself at my max enrollment with 8 kids! Half are boys, half are girls; half are 3rd graders, half are 4th graders; three are repeat students, and the other 5 are all newbies! Luckily, a former favorite student of mine from kindergarten to 6th grade (yes, I admit to having a favorite) is now attending the local community college and is serving as my weekly'helper'. I'm so glad my schedule and hers jived together, at least for this semester! She is able to provide a second set of hands, plus, with no sink in the room, she's able to follow kids down the hall to the bathroom and make sure they are being safe and well-behaved. And I'm so glad to be able to give her this opportunity. She's a sweet-hearted wisp of a girl with a cheerful spirit.
Anyhow.... Our theme for this 8-week session is POP and OP, and my goal is for it to be a bright and colorful time in the gloom and cold of winter. So for POP, we currently have two projects underway. One, pictured above and below, is making food sculptures. We looked at the work of Claes Oldenburg. Each student is making, with papier-mache, a slice of pizza, a doughnut, a slice of cake, and an ice cream sundae!
The shapes are being assembled with cardboard, tin foil, and newspaper, and covered with a variety of papier-mache materials.
As you can see, the kids are definitely enjoying working on them so far!
on the DragonWing Arts Facebook page. And yes, lest you worry, I have permission to include the faces of all these kids in my photos posted on social media.
I have another pop art project and a couple of fun op art projects we will be working on soon, too, but I'm not ready to share! Busy, busy!