Just Drawing Class 2 and Young Historians

Today we attended class 2 of 4 in the Just Drawing series at the BIAA.  The students are working on creating a William Wegman-esque piece, using the pencil-sketched dog head they made last week.  This week, they created a body in pastels to go with the head sketch.

S9 made a tap-dancing-fairy-princess-veterinarian (a la Lemony Snicket’s character, Carmelita Spats); she cracked herself up over the reference.  (Actually, she says it’s just a fairy ballerina.)

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O8 made a dancer, but a more serious one.  (Well, as serious a dancer as one can make when it’s got a dog head.) She took a lot of time shading in the arm with pastels.

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After a quick lunch, we went over to the Bond House for Young Historians.  This month, the group studied Central America.  They made faux sopapillas (using crescent roll dough) and painted ceramic pigs, though I’m not sure what that was for.  They also did some weaving with yarn on a handmade loom.  They were so fascinated with the weaving that they brought their pieces home and finished them right away.

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Monsters On Parade Class 3

Today we attended the 3rd of 4 classes at the Butler, in a series called “Monsters On Parade”. The kids are making pieces that will be included in the upcoming Maurice Sendak exhibit in June.

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In the afternoon, we attended Young Historians (class rescheduled as Ms. Laura had a family emergency on the original date). They covered “Africa” and discussed some of the regions of the continent, languages and customs, music, and also art. They learned a few words in Swahili. The project was a canvas painted with mud, which dries with an interesting texture.

Young Historians, February 2014

Today we attended Young Historians Club in Canfield.  The theme for this month was India.  The kids learned a very brief overview of India’s history, touched on its religious customs, tasted Indian food from a local restaurant, and made a felt elephant craft.  They also did geography via a map and heard language samples.

Here is S9’s elephant:

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O8’s:

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Young Historians, January 2014

Today we attended the first of five “Young Historians Club” meetings. S9 did this program last year. This year, O8 will be joining her. They are studying a different culture/country each session. This first session was on China.

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The kids had a chance to taste some tempura, learned some Chinese symbols, saw photos and objects from China, did a mapping activity, and also made some calligraphy and a faux screen by painting a scene on a taped cardboard “screen” shape.

S9 painted a volcano, and O8 made a garden scene.

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Clay Relief Masterpieces Class 4 of 4

Today was the last of the clay relief classes. The kids finished up by painting their now-dry clay relief sculptures.

O7’s Picasso:

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S8’s Renoir:

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They also had plenty of time to finish their second pieces, too.

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O7’s Hello Kitty:

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After art class, S8 attended the last of her Young Historians Club meetings for the year. They held a mock session of Congress, in which she was a senator from South Carolina. In their congress, the kids learned how to introduce, argue and vote on a bill. They then set forth ideas for next year’s Club theme, and had to convince other students to support their suggestions. Finally, everyone voted and it was decided that World Wars would be next year’s topic.

In the evening, we went to OGI for our gymnastics class.

Next stop: Florida! We leave Saturday.