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Chicago Artist

This week I introduced the kids to a local artist named Damon Locks. We looked at his art work along with art work of some inmates that he volunteers his time to work with. We also listened to some music from a band that Damon is a part of and read aloud the lyrics that […]

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Birch Trees

This week I got to hang out with the Neutrons and the Electrons for art! We made one of my favorite projects. Water colors with masking tape resists. We ripped peices of tape to make birch tree shapes applied to water color paper,then used water colors over the tape and on the paper,and sprinkled salt […]

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Toddler Time For Teens

This week was a Muon dream come true. The kids got to go back to toddlerhood with snack/story time. We brought the mats down from the gym,gathered blankets and pillows to make a little “nest” on the floor of the art room. The kids circled up to eat snacks,tell stories,play the telephone game and even […]

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Volcanos

We are creating the legendary volcano! 🙂 Each of the Electrons read some volcano facts aloud from Volcanoes by Daniel Rogers and referenced some other materials from the OP public library. They also constructed the shell of their models with cardboard and paper mache.

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Needle Felting

Needle felting has been a very popular art form with some of the kids. We’ve seen roving turned into dragons,bunnies and even emojis.

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Drawstring Bags

The Muons put good use to some plain t-shirts by turning them into printed drawsting bags. They used contact paper to make stencils to print on undecorated t-shirts. The tops of the t-shirts were cut off using a rotary cutter and the kids used the sewing machine to sew them up turning them into a […]

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Commercial

The kids have been working on a short commercial. They’ve come up with a concept, script, acted and filmed the commercial. They are still working on post production, editing and coming up with a jingle Once they have completed the commercial they will have a group screening for everyone to enjoy.

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Sweet Art

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Aloe

This week I brought aloe in for the kids. We talked about some of it’s benefits,whether or not it is edible and then some kids cut into a few leaves. They were suprised by how gooey the aloe was inside. We repotted a plant that had lots of “babies” into smaller plastic pots that the […]

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Op Art

In Electron art we discussed Op Art (Optical Illusion Art). The students viewed a very brief power point with examples of Op Art with some examples of how this movement has changed over time and how it can be applied to design. View the power point here. It might seem long, but I seriously skimmed […]

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