Over the past couple years I have been spending a good chunk of time and energy teaching art and running the art program at my kids elementary school. Last year we made a big change to the Spring Art Festival by auctioning off a collaborative art pieces made by each class. These collaborative pieces have become one of my favorite part of the whole year. All year I have regretted not have any photo evidence of the collaborative pieces we made so this year I made sure each one got documented before going to live in their new home.
This first project was created by my sons 4th grade class. I admit this project often would wake me in the middle of the night and occupied way too much brain power, I was relieved when it was completed. I really wanted the kids to create a piece that showed off the culture of living in Park City. Last year I had thought about trying to use bike parts in an art project, little did I know the challenges of obtaining used bike gears and brakes. Luckily, some fabulous bike shops came to my rescue and donated old parts. Obtaining bottle caps also proved a challenge. But after much hunting and gathering the kids created these fun owls.
Before mounting them onto the barn wood wreath I photographed them individually and turned them into cards which were available to buy at the fest.
The leaf mirror below was created by one of my second grade classes. This was the last project I started on and my brain was on over drive by this point. The hardest part of this whole project was just deciding which project to make. The kids had a ball creating these aspen and oak leaves and acorns out of clay. I was not expecting to fall in love with this project, but I did. The little boy whose family bought this was so excited to win the auction, but I admit I was a little sad to let it go.
Sasha's first grade class created the hearts below. One of my favorite parts when designing these collaborative pieces is trying to mix different elements. I love the combination of clay, wood and metal used in this piece. When I was in San Fran a couple months ago I found copper garden bells at the ferry terminal shops and knew they were the perfect finishing touch to this piece. When I was carrying this piece into the school it sounded so beautiful everybody had to stop and look at it...... I must buy some more bells and make my own project out of them.
Now that school is out for the summer it is time for BACKYARD ART! Although the class is mostly full, I may have a few spots open. Back yard Art will run every Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 until 5:15ish, starting July 7th and ending July 31. The cost is $15 per child. One of the unique qualities of Backyard Art is that parents stay and work side by side with their kids while creating art. We have so much fun every summer! Some of the projects this year involve clay, paper marbling, watercolor, metal, tissue paper, glass and of course........ TIE DYE! If you are interested in joing in the fun email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope everyone is having a great summer!