Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Middle School Madness: Dangerous Art!

  • Program Goals
    • Reach middle school students
    • Build relationships with after school center
    • Circulate materials

I started visiting our local after school center (It's a volunteer-run religious group that shares space with the school. It's complicated) last fall. The kids' interest in the books I've brought varies - they prefer graphic novels they can skim through on the spot - but their enthusiasm for the art projects I've brought has been high. I told all the kids this was DANGEROUS and of course that made it more exciting.

  • old crayons
  • glue, pencil sharpeners, paper clips
  • pasteboard squares and strips (donated), paper, foil, freezer paper
  • iron, embossing heat tool (mine - brought it to share)
We basically fiddled around and melted stuff. The kids got really into making a crayon melt - they lined up a row of peeled crayons on a strip of pasteboard and melted them onto it, then held it against the foil and used the embossing tool to make them drip!

  • 1-26-16
    • Attendance: 20
    • Feedback/Connections: There were 20-30 kids in the building and about...7? actively participated. Others hung out and chatted, watched, played with the Osmo, were sad that this was the ONE time I did not bring books (somebody has been waiting to read Lumberjanes 2)
    • Notes: I really wish I had a hot plate, it would be a lot easier than the iron.

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