Afterschool Art Class: Playdough


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Last week at the Afterschool Art Program we had a ton of fun making and playing with homemade Play Dough.  The recipe was super simple and didn’t need a stove.  It was a little stinky, so I might suggest using kool-aid powder as your food colouring.  Kept in an air tight container this dough will last a few weeks.  Longer if kept in the fridge.  Have Fun!

Easy Play Dough

  • 1 C White Flour
  • 1/2 C Salt
  • 2 TBLS Cream of Tartar
  • 1 TBLS Cooking Oil
  • Food Color
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  1. Mix your water and food colour separately.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients and cooking oil until blended.
  3. Add water, mix well.  You may need to add a bit more flour to get a good consistency.  It is very sticky at first but as it cools becomes more workable.

Active Afterschool Program: Manor / Arcola March Roundup


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The Manor / Arcola After School Activity program had a busy March!  We took part in lots of dodge ball and out door active play and dabbled in some pizza baking and science!  If you haven’t tried dancing milk, elephant toothpaste and exploding soda with mentos – I highly recommend!

Active Afterschool Program: Moose Mountain Soccer


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For the Active Afterschool Activity Program this March the Moose Mountain Soccer crew visited the Carlyle Elementary School to offer a free soccer clinics to interested students.  Over the course of the month students were invited by grade level to learn some new skills, drills and play a couple of games.  This year we had over 60 students participate in our soccer clinics!  Thanks to South East Connection and Moose Mountain Soccer for supporting these events!

Afterschool Art: The Starry Night


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This week at Afterschool Art Class students learned about Vincent Van Gogh and his painting: The Starry Night.   We started again with a short artist bio before going into the lesson.  For this project we used:

  • Short Artist Bio
  • Examples of the Painting: A Starry Night
  • An outline of the painting: A Starry Night
  • Black paper
  • Chalk or Oil Pastels

I asked the students to use the outline that I had drawn as a starting point for their pictures.  Using black pastel students copied my example onto their own page.  They were then shown how to make many small lines (or dashes) in layers of different colours.  This was difficult for the students as most wanted to colour their pictures like they would a colouring book.   Try to encourage them to use short lines and blend those colours!  My only rule was that all of the paper had to be filled in with colour before they could call their works finished.

See you next week for Henri Matisse!

Afterschool Art Class: Picasso!


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The Afterschool Art Class recently explored the works of Pablo Picasso.  It was a super fun lesson!  We used:

  • A short biography of Pablo Picasso
  • Some examples of his portraits
  • Small mirrors
  • A chart of facial expressions
  • Student weight paper
  • Water colour paints
  • Black permanent markers

We talked briefly about Picasso and some of his paintings and then I asked the children to complete their emotion charts by looking at their facial expressions in the small mirrors.   When they had completed their charts I asked them to pick two different facial expressions to use in their portraits (Happy/Sad).  Each was then asked to draw a practice portrait with two different emotions on either side of the face.

Once finished their practice portraits they were given the water-colour paper to begin their final piece.  The pieces were painted using puck watercolour paints.  Each student was instructed t use a variety of colours.   When the art was dry students finished with an outline of their work.

Great work everyone!   Next lesson:  The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Luck of the Irish!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day at the playroom! We did 2 fun crafts that we’re all about the green and snack was all about rainbows. We also learned a fun new song about a leprechaun. The sneaky leprechaun left us a surprise in the office and we had lots of fun watching the “magic”. (Baking soda paste made into rocks with coins hidden inside. We added them to vinegar to uncover the treasure. Fun idea found on Pinterest)
We hope everyone out there had a fun St. Patrick’s Day.









Afterschool Art Class: Georgia O’Keefe


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During the month of March the Afterschool Art Class will be studying famous artists in history.  Our first study was Georgia O’keefe florals.  O’keefe had a unique approach to painting flowers: She got very, very close.  In my experience with young artists having them use all of their space is very, very difficult.  Most children will draw their flower in a small corner of the page.

Before putting our flowers on canvas the children had to practice getting very close to the real flowers.  As expected most of the kids drew their practice flowers very small.  My approach was to keep pushing them to touch all four corners of the page with their flower.  When their practice flowers got large enough we switched to pressed tempra-paint on canvas for the small kids and watercolours for the older students.

Our next art class will study the work of Pablo Picasso!

Art Class meets every Thursday from 3:30-4:30 at the Carlyle Public Library.  Classes are drop-in and free but a form must be signed by a parent on first visit.