My DragonWing Arts students currently have about 4 different projects in progress all at once! We are having so much fun. A week ago we painted a bunch of paper with acrylics, and this past week the painted papers were twisted and glued to become a 3-dimensional loom. The 18x24" painted paper that we previously made, shown below, will be sliced (each child's paper has two different color and pattern schemes) and then woven into the 3D looms. And then we will embellish!!!
And the students (both 3rd and 5th graders) who attend one school district have told me they have not used paint yet in art this year. All they use is pencils and markers. (Don't get me wrong; I like markers and pencils, but kids need to paint!) And the student who goes to a different school district tells me her teacher tells them exactly what to do and they do it, leaving no room for creativity at all. And this little girl has a fabulous imagination and loves to draw. Her mother confirms what she has told me about art class, which was why she was very excited to send her daughter to my program.
I have told the moms who drop them off and pick them up not to worry that they aren't seeing artwork coming home with the kids yet; we are doing multi-step projects and they will have a lot to bring home at the end of our 7 week session. The moms responded - "Are they having fun?" The kids' answer - "YES!" The moms then said that even if they never saw a single work of art come home, they'd be happy, since the kids are enjoying themselves, and since the kids aren't excited about their art classes in school.
I have made a commitment: I see them for an hour and a half, once a week, and at some point during that time each week, there will be painting. The kids are happy; I am happy.
So be patient - I promise to show you the end result when these projects are complete.