One more project for you as school is about to begin…
I don’t know how much the parents appreciated this project, but since I’m still 89% kid at heart, this project made me laugh my head off!
While the kids were busy working on another project, I asked to take their pics. I told them to look at me as if their finger was stuck in a light socket. They had no idea what they’d be doing with the photos, but like all good kids, they simply did what they were told!
I took the pics with my phone and at home converted them to black and white. I printed out a full page image of each kid and then carefully cut everything away from their faces -hair and all. I then glued each kid to the center of a poster board 3-4 times the size of their heads -a blank slate.
When I unveiled what we’d be doing for the day, for an extra laugh, I gathered the kids around and said “let’s take a look at what everyone in the class looks like bald”. Oh their were some red faces and some really loud laughs… all good sports though!
So it wasn’t hard to get them to want to fill in the posters. 1-make yourself not bald 2-have fun creating something out of this world!
I think it’s a great thing about camp. Sometimes teaching people to not take themselves so seriously can be just as useful as seriousness. It’s a great lesson in releasing control.
I find the 7 year olds draw with reckless abandon while the 11-14 year olds sketch with pencil, then erase, then erase, then erase…. the session is done and they never got past sketching. Which reminds me. I gave the kids a black sharpie, not a pencil.
Such an early age and everyone is already worried about being perfect.
If I can leave the kids with anything from Art Camp, it’s this. Laugh –period! Don’t take yourself so seriously –it will ruin your creativity! And finally, KEEP ART FUN. If you can manage to do that, art will be your friend for life. You have to work at this though, society has a way of wanting to suck the joy and spontaneity out of one’s creativity.
Laughing is the key!