Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Paper Making for $3.25

I made this set up for my Recycled Bowl art lesson at Camp STEM this summer. 

The frame is an embroidery hoop with a sheet of felt as a filter.

Each set also has two plastic circles with holes. I have no idea what these are called, but I found them next to the embroidery hoops for super cheap and they are perfect for shaping and removing paper.

Here are some finished examples using this set up from the second session of Paper Power at Summer Art Camp at the Frist Center.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Origami Radial Design

Kids at the first week of Summer Art Camp at the Frist Center really loved the small origami projects I had for early finishers, so I decided to make it an actual project for the second week. I was inspired by the projects I saw at Art. Paper. Scissors. Glue! They also have a great tutorial for simple folds.

I taught them a couple of basic folds and encouraged them to try their own as well. We practiced with white paper first them moved to color paper. Beautiful results and they were engaged the whole time!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Art of Craft: Initial Stamp Design

We used out initial stamps cut from linoleum to sign out artworks throughout the week. We also made a simple design to showcase them. The kids got their choice of colored paper and colored ink to create a simple, quick design. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Paper Power: Stop-Motion Animation

This camp was all about the potential of paper as an art tool. I had never done Stop-Motion Animation (SMA) before and I was terrified that we wouldn't finish on time. BUT I did not know that I was working with one of the best groups of 8-10 year olds around. ^_^

We used a hole in the table to film through onto the floor. It worked great!

We spent the first day designing movable characters with brass brads and paper. They also made stationary background characters and scenery and figured out a script. 

Planning was so important! We had to plan for at least 1 hour before we were allowed to start working.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Art of Craft: Tunnel Books

I use the term"books" lightly here. For this, we folded two strips of black paper accordion-style and taped a square to the back and a square with a hole in the front. Then they cut paper to create the scene of their choice inside their tunnel. This is a wonderful lesson for habitats or foreground, middle ground, and background. 

I was worried that they may not make their accordion folds straight enough for this, but no one had a problem with it! I'll post a video of this project process soon. For now, here are some beautiful finished products!