Friday, July 27, 2018

We Explore Art: Gianna Marino

Using watercolor pencils
  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Gianna Marino and her art
    • Try different kinds of painting
    • Offer a smaller, quieter program
    • Attendance: 10-15
Art Project Part 1: Water color pencils (10-10:15)
  • Supplies
    • Paper
    • Water color pencils
    • Water cups, paintbrushes
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:35
I sing the Storytime Song to call everyone to the carpet and pass out the snack. Depending on the age of the kids, we'll talk about different aspects of the art, anything from identifying colors and shapes to asking questions about the author's process and materials.
  • Books
    • Too tall houses
    • Following papa's song
    • Night animals
    • If I had a horse
    • I am the mountain mouse
    • Zoopa
    • Meet me at the moon
    • Boy, a ball, and a dog
    • One too many
    • Splotch
Art Project Part 2: Paint (10:40-11)
The kids could start a new project or add to their previous one. I let them mix colors on paper plates.
  • Supplies
    • Paint cups (tempera)
    • Paper
    • Paper plates, brushes

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Maker Workshop: Brushbots

Hard to tell, but they're watching it vibrate
  • Program Goals
    • Encourage kids to explore different skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
I've purchased many kits and finally decided this year that the extra expense wasn't worth it. I bought the components and it was less expensive, I think, and easier overall. If I was going to buy kits, I'd go with Brown Dog Gadgets, which are the simplest and least-expensive.
Resources and Display Titles
I did not put anything out.

Promo:
Kids will have the opportunity to create a mini robot and learn some basic electronic skills along the way! Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:
  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Can safely use required materials with minimal supervision (scissors, wire, batteries)
  • Have the patience to work on a small, fiddly project
Introduction
Reminder of the "tools vs toys" rule.

Evaluation

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Maker Workshop: Hand Sewing

Program Goals
  • Teach kids new skills
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
Supplies
  • Needles, needle threaders, pins
  • Multiple pairs of sewing scissors
  • Embroidery thread, buttons, beads
  • Stuffing, tracing paper, pencils
  • Die cut machine
  • Felt
Resources and Display Titles (by Jane Bull)
  • Crafty Creatures
  • Crafty Dolls
Promo:
We will be sewing a crafty creature and learning some basic sewing skills along the way. Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:

  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Can safely use sewing implements with minimal supervision (needles and sharp scissors)
  • Ability to thread a needle (needle threaders will be provided) and knot the end.
Introduction
  • On the chalkboard
    • Tools NOT toys - lecture about needle safety (all needles must be accounted for etc.)
    • Choose a project; what skills do you need? what materials do you need?
    • plan + pin THEN cut + sew
    • Mistakes are OK
    • Sewing is all about patience, planning, and focus
Evaluation

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

We Explore Art: Lois Ehlert

  • Program Goals:
    • Introduce Lois Ehlert and her art
    • Practice motor development (cutting, gluing), using rulers and scissors
Art Project Part 1: Cutting (10-10:15)
I had pre-cut magnets of different shapes. Kids cut out and glued on paper. I also have matching games with magnets that go on our magnetic chalkboard.
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I sing the Storytime Song to bring everyone back. Depending on the age of the kids, we'll talk about different aspects of the art, anything from identifying colors and shapes to asking questions about the author's process and materials.
  • Books
    • Planting a Rainbow (big book) (talk about colors)
    • RRRalph (talk about found objects in collage)
    • Fish Eyes (talk about counting)
    • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (sing, talk about letters)
    • Oodles of animals (talk about shapes)
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:40-11)
The kids used the found objects (one tub for each table) to create pictures.
  • Supplies
    • Found objects (yarn, buttons, seeds, etc.)
    • Glue, construction paper
Evaluation

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Kids Make

3D doodler pens. I am not particularly a fan,
but the kids got into them even though they broke a lot
  • Program goals
    • Showcase maker kits (circulating and in-house)
    • Encourage kids to try different projects
    • Promote maker workshops
Sewing Station
Project: Mini bag
  • 2 sewing machines
  • Fabric, thread, scissors
  • 2 tables, 1 adult volunteer (Rosie)
Fiber Arts Station
Project: Weaving
  • Large loom
  • pre-made cardboard looms, darning/weaving needles
  • yarn
  • Rainbow loom kit (from pop-up maker space)
  • 1 table, 1 adult volunteer (Mom)
Robotics/3D Station
  • 3D Doodler pens (from consortium, may or may not work)
  • Ozobots (2 - borrow from Chad)
  • Spinbot (in basement)
  • Spheros (2 - borrow from Chad) (ipads)
  • 1-2 tables; cover tables with paper, markers
  • Set up in corner of room - cardboard blocks for Sphero maze
  • 1 associate (Maria)
Beading Station
  • beads and tools (use teen kit and circulating maker kit)
  • perler beads (use teen kit)
  • felt on table
  • 1-2 tables, 1 teen aide (Kylee - help at other stations as needed in com. room)
Sculpting Station
  • Sculpey clay, tools (use teen kit) (extra Sculpey)
  • Cover table with plastic
  • 1 table, 1 teen aide (Makenna - alternate here and in lobby)
Building Station
  • Magna tiles, gears, marble run (all from pop-up maker space)
  • Legos
  • Corner (by closets)
Art Station
  • paint (biocolor, paint cups), paper plates, brushes, water cups
  • paper, scissors, glue
  • aprons, sink, towels
  • 4-5 tables, covered in plastic
  • narrow wood table for supplies
  • 1 teen aide (Colin) with Makenna as alternate
Resource Table
  • Books, circulating maker kits
  • 1 table in lobby below signs
  • Handouts (in publisher) Handouts (in pdf)
  • (These were what I was really hoping people would take. Each station is set up to connect back to the maker workshops, kits, and pop-up stations as well as additional resources)
sewing tables and loom table (that's my mom)

beading and clay tables. perler beads under clock

clay table and robot tables

3D Doodler pens

Maria setting up sphero mazes

art tables in lobby

resource table

Friday, July 13, 2018

We Explore Art: Denise Fleming

  • Program Goals:
    • Introduce Denise Fleming and her art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills (ripping, painting)
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Decoupage (10-10:15)
We did decoupage as the closest thing to making our own paper that I could think of. The kids ripped up tissue paper and "painted" over it with glue. At 10:15ish, I sing the Storytime Song
  • Supplies
    • Shirt cardboard or cardstock
    • Tissue paper in small pieces
    • Glue, paintbrushes
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I get all the kids more or less sitting down and ask a parent or two to pass out the snack during the first story. Depending on the age of the kids, we'll talk about different aspects of the art, anything from identifying colors and shapes to asking questions about the author's process and materials.
  • Books
    • Lunch (flannel board)
    • Barnyard Banter (big book)
    • In the Tall, Tall Grass
    • Mama cat has three kittens
    • Five little ducks (sing)
  • Snack
Art Project Part 2: Paint (10:40-11)
The kids could start a new project or add to their previous one. I encouraged them to get messy and use lots of thick, textured swirls.
  • Supplies
    • Fingerpaint
    • Shirt cardboard or cardstock
    • Glue, paper towels, paper plates.