It was a gift to be able to work with students every day for five weeks this past summer, and introduce them to the book arts as well as other media. As a teaching artist, we often only see students once a week, so to be able to watch them learn and grow on a daily basis was a thrill!
Surrounded by scads of art supplies, tools and materials, 5-6 year old students in our “Fairy Tales” and “Make Your own Books” classes had an ideal situation for creating!
This outstandingly creative young student in “Make Your Own Books” certainly did just that, using her flag book to try out all kinds of drawing and painting media while exploring color, shape, line and texture.
Each flag page held a different combination of media, including acrylic and watercolor paints, pastels, crayons and markers.
Students created books large and small, including tiny ones that would fit in a (albeit rather large) matchbox!
Mixed media reigned supreme, such as combining letter stickers with markers and paint pens.
Oops! Markers on the project, not on your fingers!
Making and embellishing file folder portfolios was our first project. Some students created so many books they made a second portfolio to hold them!
A brilliantly bookish and imaginatively magical time was had by all!
Goodbye summer program, until next year!