After school Art Class: Paper Bag Owls

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This past Thursday, the After School Program worked on paper bag owls. It was a simple and fun project!
If you would like to make one of your own you will need: paper bags, construction paper, scissors, and glue.
To follow the instructions you can visit here.



Art Class: Zentangle Balloons


Our Zentangle Balloons were so fun to make!

If you don’t know what a Zentangle is then click here.

I had the kids use some practice worksheets from my Zentangle 1 book.  Which got them going in the right direction.  The key to this activity is to get the kids used to the idea of filling the space.  Connect your lines! Use light and dark space!  Leave no large spaces!  The results were so great and so unique to each balloon!

To top it all off I took picture of the kids pretending to hold the string of a balloon so that we could do an “up and away” presentation. ( I have lost the inspiration link, sorry!)

It’s great to see how many artists we have in our afterschool program.  I can’t wait to keep creating with them.  This February we will be working on drama!

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An Artful Afternoon


On January 24th CFY and the Carlyle Public Library with help from the RBC Foundation celebrated Family Literacy Day with an Artful Afternoon Family Event.  The art was provided by the Afterschool Art Classes that have been working hard on projects since last October.

Families were invited to view the art, listen to stories, play games and create their own projects.  It was a great afternoon!

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R-tworx – Puppet Theatre Round-up

All of December the kids at R-tworx have been working with Mrs. Bell (our resident theatre guru) on shoebox puppet theatres.

This project was simple in theory but took a long time to execute. We started by cutting a square out of the front of a cereal or shoebox and then a small rectangle from one of the long sides (this allows the puppets to dangle into the box). Check out how they turned out.






Nov 21 – No School Fun Day!

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On Friday Nov 21 we celebrated National Children’s Day with a No School Fun Day.  In the morning we had grades k-2 play active games, build tape roads and make play dough.  In the afternoon grades 3-6 played active games with the parachute, played kick ball and soccer, made healthy snacks and built wire hanger wreathes.  It was a great day with more than 40 students participating!

R-tworx: Lizards



Pastel lizards inspired by Deep Space Sparkle.  This lesson was more complex than some of my students were used to.  (If you haven’t signed up for the Deep Space Sparkle Teaching Art 101, Please do!)  We started by drawing the shape of our lizard using familiar prompts like: Draw a backwards ‘C’ to make your lizards face.  My younger students found drawing the legs the hardest part and I would recommend taking extra time to help them with the concept of not drawing stick legs.

All of my students had trouble NOT adding detail to this picture as they loved drawing spots and stripes on the lizard.  The trick is trying to get them to colour their lizard in first before adding the details.  We used chalk pastel to colour our lizards which allowed for great mixing and blending of colours.

I changed the lesson somewhat as our instructions called for black pastel to be used for the outline.  I couldn’t find a pack of solid black oil pastels so we used Sharpie markers instead.  This made nice clean lines, however, before you can add detail or redo the outline you need to spray the artwork with the workable fixative or your sharpie will get gunked up with chalk. I had both a professional fixative and tried a cheap hairspray and there was no comparison.  The hairspray caused the chalk to clump and the paper to curl.

We used:

  • Coloured Construction Paper 8×10 or larger.  (The lesson called for black)
  • Black Sharpie Markers ( The lesson Called for black pastel)
  • Chalk Pastels
  • Workable fixative

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R-tworx: Day of the Dead

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This past week was Halloween and Day of the Dead.  So at R-tworx we explored Sugar Skulls made out of black paper and pastels.  At first I had the kids draw some designs on a template before moving to the black paper.  It was a great exercise in learning about the shape of the human skull… though a few kids were a little grossed out by the idea that there are no nose bones in the skull.  🙂

This activity was inspired by:

Deep Space Sparkle’s Katrina Paintings 

R-tworx: Koi Fish


Last week the kids enjoyed learning how to make a basic tear drop shape and turn it into a fish.  The fish were drawn in pastel / crayon and then the background filled in with watercolor paints.  It was a blast.

For a full tutorial please click here.

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Summer Camp Fun!!

The kids have been having a great time at summer camp this year. We have been travelling to the museum, the library, the pool and sometimes just staying at the school for games, crafts and science. Here are some of the pictures from our amazing summer.




Fun with Flubber!





20140812-100647.jpg Glycerin bubbles! So pretty!


Making smores using science