Monday, March 8, 2010

Keep Calm and Craft On!

This year I have the most wonderful box of Crayons. My students are my daily salvation from an otherwise rough school year. Every. Single. Day. I say a prayer of thanksgiving for this blessing. The Crayon Box is a safe haven.

Outside of the Crayon Box...not so much. There is so much advocating for public education-especially in the defense of our most vulnerable students- that needs to be done, but alas, for the time being...I am taking a break.

One teacher at my school is really pressing on in spite of all the cutbacks and chaos. She has rallied to form after school clubs. How could I say "no" to that kind of positive energy?  Forget all the reasons the kids need clubs, I need to push myself as a defense against low moral. So, I have agreed to teach an after school craft club. No pressure. No grades. No money. Just for fun. Stencils and tracing allowed.

Every Wednesday until the end of school I will be hosting 15 or so fourth and fifth graders for some craft therapy. We have met once so far. It was wonderful. There was a brief moment when they informed me that one of my former students is now a dad. (I nearly died. He's 15! I knew the day would come when my students would be parents. Still, I was not prepared for this.) Other than that bit of shock, it was fun to hang out, making stuff and chatting.
Name in "Stained Glass"
 Stained Glass on Paper Name Collage

My go-to blog for this group is That Artist Woman. Gail is a professional art teacher and her projects are all terrific and easily adaptable.  We started with this Stained Glass on Paper project. I even had her "art boards" made up at the Home Depot. Mine aren't desk size, but already I love them and swear by them. Be sure to check them out at the end of this post. They truly do make art with kids so much easier!
Various Stages

After the basic introduction to the project I put on some music (the sound track to Cool Runnings- the Jamaican bobsled team - remember them?) and the kids chilled out. I even did some clean up and prep for the next day.

As the kids were leaving they said things like, " I can't wait till next Wendsday!" and I feel exactly the same way.

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Jaybird and Me said...

Looks like a fun project, can't wait to see how they turn out!

Camille said...

Kudos to you for volunteering for the club! My husband is a teacher and it's not so fun these days with all the cuts and worrying if you'll have a job. So just in case everyone else forgets to say it -- THANK YOU for caring for those kids!

HollyLynne said...

Your craft class sounds awesome. I bet your kiddos will get so much out of it!!!

Wendy said...

That sounds really awesome!

Kelley said...

i love your positivity. you are a blessing to those kids. and cool runnings- AWESOME!!!! 'lots of people can't believe, jamaica has a bobsled team!'