Today I held my first private art lesson with the medium being collage. The students were two sisters, ages 11 and 10. We each had a great time! Neither of them had done much art with collage before so I created a project that I felt would be a nice introduction: creating collages inspired by "energetic" and "calm" scenes or elements from nature. It was certainly fun to watch the girls work on their projects and I couldn't be more pleased with their results!
The 11 year old created her "energetic" collage using the nature elements of shooting stars and stars, as seen on the left. The 10 year old created her "calm" collage with a tree, river and sunset!
We didn't discuss how something "energetic"or "calm" are generally portrayed in art and design as I had initially intended to, but it didn't feel necessary when I presented the pile of decorative papers and various scissors (some had scalloped blades etc.). I was also just simply curious to see how they'd react to the first assignment altogether, without too much direction. And I feel they did a splendid job!
The class was so much fun and wonderfully exciting that it inspired my National Poetry Writing Month haiku:
After learning more about the girls, I'm planning an assignment around one of their passions -- illustrating and writing comic strips. Onto the next class!
Happy National Poetry Month! Shortly after I started writing haiku and well before I wrote The Adventures of Piratess Tilly, I jumped into writing one haiku a day for all of National Poetry Month in 2013. I feel like challenging myself again so here we go! This particular haiku was greatly inspired by my daughter and is a bit unorthodox as there is a quote and a comma. ;)