In July I had the pleasure of teaching two summer camp sessions at the Montessori school where I teach during the school year. My first session was an art camp with 3-6 year olds which I unfortunately didn't really document. We spent our days with acrylic paint, oil pastels, clay, watercolours, crayons, glue, pom poms and so much more. We got messy each day and the children created incredible works of art to bring home. The second session I taught was for elementary aged children and we focused on the Fiber Arts.
I thought I would share some of our projects. I tried to document as much as I could, with the help of my incredible assistant Nicole, but certainly didn't catch it all. We all had an incredible time together singing silly Perry Gripp songs and making beautiful things with cloth, yarn, wool, felt, buttons, beads, sticks, and indigo. I will mention here that there were two groups of children, a morning group of mostly 8-9 year old girls and an afternoon group of mostly 6-7 year olds mixed both boys and girls. Each group had its own personality and approached the projects differently with equally cool results.
We began by making Project Bags. I ordered the blank canvas bags from Muji and we used fabric pastels. The children ironed freezer paper inside the bag prior to drawing to hold stabilize the fabric. Each child made a bag that they used over the two weeks to hold unfinished projects.
With a pile of fabric scraps, cardstock, glue, and popsicle sticks, a number of adorable simple puppets were made.
Peg people were, by far, a favorite for boys and girls alike. Note to self: always order twice as many as I think necessary. I buy them at Casey's Wood.
We did a couple days of wet felting. We wet felted onto pencils successfully (when I saw these it was love!) but with wet soapy hands all day I didn't pick up my camera. A few days later we felted beads and strung them with other beads into necklaces.
My personal favorite project was making wall hangings with sticks, yarn, wire, beads, embroidery floss, and whatever else in the room that looked interesting. Yet again, I did a miserable job documenting these but trust me...gorgeous. Most of them hung horizontally with pieces dangling. This project was inspired by this pin and far exceeded my teacher expectations.
God's Eyes in the woods.
I really wanted the children to experience "real" fibers. We used a lot of wool. Yarn, Roving. Felt. The supplies that were available to them were beautiful and inspiring. I really wanted to provide them with that experience, and in the end I believe it made all the difference in the outcome of each project. There are a few other projects that I didn't photograph at all. We made felt pouches with buttons, and flags with Sharpies and rubbing alcohol.
Lastly we Shibori dyed bandanas with indigo. Those supplies and directions I got from Dharma Trading Co. The day we dyed the bandanas was filled with excitement and I think Nicole and I slept very well! This was a new experience for all of us. Though I have done a fair amount of fabric dying and tie dying, this was new, different, and super cool.
These bandanas had a real wow factor. Watching the fabric come out of the vat green and turn blue was magic and then unwrapping them was even better.
I had such a blast!