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Muons

Self Portraits

The Muons made self portraits. We talked about how layering in art work can add interest. The first layer was made by applying tissue paper to the canvas and then spraying it with water. When the tissue dried it was peeled off leaving color and pattern behind. The next layer was text and the final […]

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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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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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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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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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Blackout Poetry

Last Thursday I introduced blackout poetry to the kids. Blackout poetry is a different way to create poetry. To create the poems you use an already existing text from a book or newspaper and use a black marker to remove words until a poem is formed. The text I used was different pages from James […]

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Guest Lead

This week in art the Muons had a “guest lead”. One of the Muons took on the challenge of leading her peers. Nora presented a painting/drawing project. She instructed the other kids to make random water color strokes on paper letting the paint dry ( or using the fan) between colors. Once the paint was […]

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Court

Last week in Group Gathering, we did a walk-through for our first Moot Court trial and the kids made up a scenario in order to practice some of the courtroom procedure. We litigated the “Case of the Stolen Barbie”, and some of the kids testified, while others served as the litigation attorneys. We had some […]

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Zines!

For our first week in Writer’s Workshop the Muons and I talked about zines. I explained that before the internet was so easily accessible to most people that zines were a way for folks to spread information,art,etc. The kids are working on making a small zine that only requires one piece of strategically folded sheet […]

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