Thursday, September 15, 2016

Messy Art Club: Painting and all the variations thereof

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Basic Painting Supplies
  • Finger Paint
    • Large popsicle sticks
    • Paper plates as palettes
  • Regular paint cups
  • Paint brushes, paper
  • Wipes, paper towels, sink
  • Plastic tablecloths, aprons
Notes: Be sure to save one table for finished creations, be vigilant for spills, and encourage the kids to think outside the box. I don't usually wash out the brushes but just toss them because life is too short.

Evaluation and specific painting programs

  • 9-15-16: Making prints
    • Attendance: 39
    • Additional supplies:
      • thick paper, sponges, scissors
      • wooden letters, puzzle pieces, foam stickers
    • Notes: The kids really liked the foam stickers and foam brushes. They didn't quite get the stamping/print thing otherwise.
  • 6-23-16: Splatter Paint (outside)
    • Attendance: 43
    • Notes: We had paint, large bowls, paper, wipes, brushes, straws, and popsicle sticks. There was a lot of paint. Fortunately, it all stayed outside.
  • 2-25-16
    • Project: Painting
    • Attendance: 35
    • Notes: Despite a ton of people in the library, we had a fairly small group. The kids ending up playing with paper airplanes at the end. I spent over an hour washing out paint pots beforehand!
  • 7-16-15
    • Project: Painting (special guest author Ruth McNally Barshaw)
    • Attendance: 67
    • Feedback/Connections: A lot of new families came and had a blast. They enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and meeting our special guest, author Ruth McNally Barshaw!
    • Notes: I don't do paint on this scale too often, because it's a pain to clean up, but this went very well. Remember to cover all the tables and have at least one person available to ferry paintings over to dry in the library and clean up spills.
  • 7-19-12
    • Project: outdoor giant fingerpainting
    • Attendance: 55ish
    • Notes: This coincided with our massive book sale and we did all the program outside. I made a handout, but didn't even use it. This was kind of insane - about 55 people came. I think? My aides suggested we use paper plates instead of the palettes next time, and the clothesline was a washout. We ended up laying the pictures inside the vestibule while the aides carried them back and forth. I think it would make things easier if we hooked up a hose outside - some kids ended up doing foot-painting. I also need to remember to always schedule TWO people to hand out paint to start with.

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