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Kids Art Club

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. All classes will be taught by Kelly Darke, registered art therapist using the TAB method. Teaching Artistic Behavior (TAB) 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:  

10/15 - Painting with yarn
Supplies needed: paper (a few sheets), paint (acrylic or tempera), yarn / string
Description: we will explore different technique of painting using a string instead of a paint brush. 
10/22 - Sculptural spider
Supplies needed: wire or aluminum foil, newspaper or paper towel or old magazine pages, masking tape or black electrical tape (usually found at the dollar store)
Description: we will learn about the artist Louise Bourgeois and create a large sculptural spider
10/29 - Spin art
Supplies needed: an old CD, markers, paper
Description: what interesting abstract art can you create by spinning your art tools on the paper?? 
11/5 - Self Portraits
Supplies needed: template for portrait (optional), any drawing supplies you like to work with,
Description: we will learn about the artist Frida Kahlo and how she used self-portraits to explore her personal life and experiences. You will create your own self portrait. 

11/12 - Mark making
Supplies needed: paint, paper, objects for mark making - comb, fork, bottle caps, crumpled paper, scrap of cardboard… 
Description: How do artists know what kind of tool to use? Learn how to make marks using a variety of different tools - objects that you might not have thought of to use for art making. 
11/19 - Paper airplanes
Supplies needed: plain paper, any drawing materials you like to use to decorate your airplane
Description: We will learn a few different styles of paper airplane folding and discover which one flies the farthest.
(November 26, 2021 week off Thanksgiving)
12/3 - Magazine trees
Supplies needed: old magazines, paperclips
Description: we will learn how to recycle old magazines into trees that stand on their own. 
12/10 - Silhouette story
Supplies needed: black construction paper, scissors, glue stick, white paper
Description: we will learn about artist Kara Walker and how she tells stories using silhouettes cut out of black paper. Then we will create our own paper cut silhouette story. 
12/17 - Stitching a pillow animal
Supplies needed: animal template, embroidery needle, cotton fabric or craft felt, embroidery thread or sewing thread, craft stuffing or old paper. 
Description: create a small soft pillow in the shape of an animal - learn to stitch the edges together to show your thread or to hide your thread. 

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

Contact: C.A.R.E. Program


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