Sunday, May 19, 2013

An Awesome Day Full of Rainbow Art at Studio 116

I spent a good portion of my Saturday at Studio 116 yesterday and had a fantastic time making art with the young artists (:

My hands at the end of the day (:

In the morning, we had Kids + 1 = Fun.  It's a monthly Saturday art activity for children 3 and older to come do with a grown up of choice--Mom, Dad, a Grandparent, etc-- just a supervising adult who can help with things like scissors (;  Every single month, it's a different activity.

We've done watercolor resist, bean collages, wax resist batik, print making, tissue paper painting collages, raised salt painting, and cold porcelain.

For May, we made a variety of paper flowers!  After all, "April Showers Brings May Flowers" (;

We made paper roses, yarn pom pom flowers, construction paper daffodils and tissue paper carnations.

To make the daffodil, you cut out a basic flower shape from construction paper, push a hole through the center that you can put pipe cleaner through, then cut a strip.  Along one long edge, you cut 'tabs' fairly close together-- this will be the side that goes down on the flower.  Along the other long edge, you cut 'tabs' that are further apart.  These will be the ruffles on the edge of the daffodil.

Our young artists' Dad, Caleb, helping make daffodils (:

To make the paper rose, we cut strips from the paste paper and glued two strips together to make a longer strip.  then we glued one side to a pipe cleaner and began to roll it up, making it smaller on the bottom and larger on the top, periodically folding back on itself.  When we got the end, we wrapped it around the stem, then tied it in place with some string to hold it.

To make the pom pom flower, I had our young artist cut a piece of yarn about 6 inches long.  Then I had her hold her hands like she was praying, and placed that piece of string between her middle and ring fingers.  With her hands held together, I wrapped two colors of yarn around her hands and we counted to twenty five.  Then I slid them off her hand, tied the string around them to hold it together, then tied it to a pipe cleaner and had her snip the loops of the yarn to create the flower.  A little trimming up of ends to even it out.  Getting to use scissors is always exciting (:

Decorating the flower pot for all the lovely flowers.  She's drawing the clam, from Shel Silverstein's It's all the Same to the Clam.  It's her current favorite poem and Caleb read it to us, so we didn't miss out on a reading for Kids + 1, even though I'd forgotten to bring a book (:

Getting her flowers arranged in the flower pot.

Just stuffing a bit of scrap paper into the pot gave it enough weight to hold all the pipe cleaner sin place.

To make the rainbow colored carnation, you start by cutting 5-7 sheets of tissue paper into a square of any size you choose.  Then you lay them on top of each other into one stack and accordian fold them.  Tie a string to the center and fold it in half at that point, then cut a point into the ends.  Tie the string to a pipe cleaner, then slowly 'open' the tissue paper and watch it bloom into a carnation (:

 Our other young artist making trucks and loving getting to use markers, glue sticks and scissors (:
Very much enjoyed this Kids + 1 = Fun Session!

In the afternoon, I came back to Studio 116.  Did you know it's an awesome spot to have a art/ music themed birthday party?!

The theme was rainbows (:

We had 10 young artists join us.  After having them put on the artist smocks provided as party favors by the very creative mom, Liz, we taught the children how to do shaving cream paper marbling.

They were astonished that we did it directly on the table and that they got to play with things they typically don't get to touch at home, like Dad's shaving cream and food coloring.

The space after the madness (lol).  They had so much fun!

And here are the lovely results:

We had them put their names up on the wall to display their art and make it easier for them to gather it later.

After putting some shaving cream down, you smooth it out with cardstock, a squeegy, or a mat (anything a little firm).  it doesn't take a lot of shaving cream to do this.  Then we let the kids choose the colors they wanted and put drops of it on top of the shaving cream.  Then we gave them a toothpick and let them swirl it however they wanted.  When they were done, we pressed a piece of cardstock down into it, pulled it off and used a squeegy, piece of cardstock or mat to scrape off the excess shaving cream and reveal the marbled paper beneath.

All in all, it was an AWESOME day full of Art at Studio 116 (:

Interested in joining us?  Visit Studio 116 to see what they have upcoming for the month of June!