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Kids Art Club

We are offering opened ended art lessons for school-age kids. This class is designed for those kids that are learning remotely/virtually, homeschooling, or are not in school yet. All sessions will be taught by Kelly Darke, registered art therapist. TAB - Teaching Artistic Behavior is a “learner-directed approach that meets the needs of all learners through choice, agency, flexibility, and emergent curriculum.”

Kelly says, “I like to combine elements of TAB and art therapy to create positive, thought-provoking experiences for participants. Students learn how to use and experiment with artistic tools and techniques to create work that is uniquely theirs. Creating art helps build creative problem solving skills, emotional regulation, and confidence. Art helps us to express ideas that cannot be explained with words alone. Creating art is also a safe and healthy way to reduce stress, which is something that benefits everyone.” 

NOTE: If no participants join the call/class within 15 minutes after the start time, the call/class will end.

Supplies needed:

  • Paper
  • Pencil 
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue sticks
  • Oil pastels
  • Watercolor paint and brush
  • Scissors
  • Blank folded notecard, etc.

Session dates: 

12/11- Finger Weaving
Focus on: sequencing, pattern recognition, fine motor skills
Supplies: string or yarn (optional: old t-shirt cut into strips)

12/18- NO CLASS

1/8 - New Year Best Self
Supplies needed: paper, your hand, markers, colored pencils, markers
Description: We will think of the number one personal trait you love about yourself that you want to strive for each day. As well as five more things in your life that you love. 

1/15 - Personal Landscape
Supplies needed: Template, markers or pencils
Description: We will create a personal landscape made up of our own ideas. You get to choose all the things in your foreground, middle ground, and background. Art there any hidden elements?

1/22 - Abstract Painting and Printing
Supplies needed: paper, paint, plastic wrap, more paper
Description: How many prints can you create from your abstract painting before you need to reapply paint? What does your image look like? Can you add marker or pencil to create more?

1/29 - Woven Bowl
Supplies needed: paper plate, scissors, yarn or string
Description: We will make a bowl by weaving yarn through sections of a paper plate

2/5 - Watercolor Resist
Supplies needed: paper, oil pastels or crayons, flat objects with texture, watercolor paint
Description: We will create rubbing textures on our paper and layer them with colors - then, we will use the watercolor paint to add more color and more layers. While working, imagine all the layers and textures in your life and how they coexist and complement each other. 

2/12 - Origami Puffy Hearts
Supplies needed: paper, scissors, pen or pencil
Description: We will create origami puffy hearts that contain words and illustrations that represent self-love and compassion.

2/19 - Optical Illusion Lines
Supplies needed: paper, ruler (straight edge), pencil, black marker
Description: Create an optical illusion using only lines. Your lines will make your paper look like 3D when it’s still flat. 

2/26 - Stained Glass Painting
Supplies needed: paper, masking tape, watercolor paint, pen / marker
Description: We will create a design that looks like stained glass

3/5 - Tie-Dye Mandala
Supplies needed: circular coffee filter, sharpie (permanent) black marker, washable (watercolor) color markers, water (in a spray bottle is best)
Description: Create your own mandala symmetrical pattern by folding and drawing 

3/12 - Lucky Me!
Supplies needed: paper, scissors, markers, glue
Description: We will be creating a lucky clover to illustrate all the things we are lucky to have in our lives. 

3/19 - Woven Thoughts
Supplies needed: colored pencils, markers, or crayons two sheets of paper 8.5 x 11 inches - one plain and one patterned (or you add colors and patterns with markers or pencils) 
Description: In this session we will be creating patterns with paper by cutting, tearing, and weaving strips of paper together. 


*Classes are sponsored by Henry Ford C.A.R.E. Program and iCare4U ERG

Contact: C.A.R.E. Program


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