This week in playgroup, we opened with clay again. But, this time it looked different. It was nice to see many friends plunk down and enjoy exploring clay again this week.
In our studio, we added a light box to the lenses so that we could explore more properties of this material. Filling and pouring was also a familiar pastime. One friend worked for a long time to fill a large vessel. When other friends ventured over to this center, we were able to narrate the encounter so that everyone became involved.
We also added containers with lids to the building area after observing children taking marker lids off and putting them on last week. There was a fascination with the markers last week, and we noticed the lids and contents of the containers kept friends busy this week. Many were successful in twisting the tops off the containers!
Other studio activities included tape, cutting discarded greeting cards, and mark making with oil pastels and water color paint.
The 12th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival was held on September 13th and 14th. While checking out the wide variety of art, we came across a number of artists who use cast off goods in their art.
Meeting Patti and Bob Stern was a lot of fun. They put a lot of their personality into the art they create. Patti points out "we transform wonderfully old architectural artifacts into truly one-of-a-kind art pieces." You can find Patti and Bob at http://www.theperfectview.com .
Sarah Bean creates custom carved books. Using books as her media, she creates a three dimensional, hand carved and illustrated work of art. Sara and her work can be found at www.artandpoems.com .
Above are some of the pieces made by Tiffany Ownbey. She says, "My work is a study of human interactions, relationships and memories...sometimes humorous and sometimes tart. Scale and proportion are intentionally manipulated for emphasis. Using paper-mache I make figurative sculpture out of antique sewing patterns, vintage books and found objects." She can be found at www.tiffanyownbey.com .
Sandhi makes paper mosaic portraits. She makes amazing images with advertisements, junk mail and message that she receives. Sandhi says, "I express my vision through a variety of images - mostly portraits - and have changed the way I make art and the way I see the world around me...for good." Sandhi and her art can be found at www.schimmelart.com . Look for Sandhi inspired art our Art on the Avenue Kids Korner booth! October 4th from 10 am - 4 pm on the Mt. Vernon Field in Del Ray.
Some of the work we are doing this session is inspired by our grant funded project, Fur-Vor. Today we gathered around dog books, and we listened to some interesting ideas about dogs:
"My dog is older than me."
"I bet I have better handwriting than this dog does."
What would a dog write about?
"Grass. My dog likes to eat grass."
"Dogs can't speak."
"Maybe they could. You just can't hear them. We need better ears."
In our small groups we drew dogs using a view finder the frame our composition. We also did some found object printing. Enjoy the pictures!