Sunday, August 05, 2007

Kids Book of ME Workshop

Amazing Workshop!
It was a fast paced 3 hours but these little kiddos kept up and made the most amazing little Book of Me.
Eight attended and the age group was 8 to 12...I think.
However, I'm sure there were a couple who were maybe 5 or 6. I just can't judge age anymore.
Because of the age of some, the parents stayed to help. We were able to get as much done as we did because of their help on the sideline.
The kids sanded and gessoed their books. Then painted each page a different color. We glued layers on some of the pages with music and discussed the importance of layers. We used stamps and made a pocket and tags. Then they added some of the pictures and things they brought.
We did a photo copy packing tape transfer of one of their pictures for the cover. They were pretty amazed with that and I'm sure they will be trying it again.
I didn't get to see all of the finished books. It was a jam packed three hours. The parents helped with things like drying the books and washing brushes. We had a system worked out where I gave each a puddle of paint and foam brush for each page. As they finished with one color we switched to a clean foam brush and new puddle of paint.
I think they enjoyed ever moment. And I think the parents did too.
Their books were pretty impressive as you can see. And have you ever seen a more beautiful group of children. Look at those eyes. I believe their eyes speak for the day.
We have an annual youth fair and some of the children will be entering their Book of Me as one of their projects.
I can tell you it pooped me out for sure. I came home and crashed and while I did that our Internet service crashed. So that is why I'm just now getting this posted.
I spent a good part of today cleaning up my studio and getting supplies back in order. I nearly finished but had to go out at 4 o'clock and mow. I road around on that thing for four and one/half hours. Got a lot of thinking done but I'm spent for today so I'm just going to say one more thing.
More later,


  1. Great job, Sharon! Everyone looks really happy with their books. I know it is very rewarding for you.I teach dollmaking and it warms my heart to see the ladies so thrilled with their finished dolls.

  2. Wonderful photos! You can tell that both kids and their parents are having a great time. It seems like you all accomplished a lot in three hours! Teaching them transfers was a great idea! Will you do it again?

  3. What wonderful work Sharon! I love the pictures of the kids...the expressions on their faces are priceless! LOL!

  4. Hello Sharon! Ginna linked your blog so I come to visit you! Beautiful work you did with the children! You know, i'm teacher in France with kids of 4 years old! I will come back on your interested blog because I think I will find thousend ideas for my class!!!

  5. What a fabulous group of kids Sharon, their books look great, I'm sure they all had a wow of a time.

  6. Fabulous photos! All of the kids books are so different and awesome. They obviously had a wonderful teacher!!!!

    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

  7. What an awesome project and your right, those faces with their books- just makes you smile! Great work!

  8. I look at the joy on their faces and wonder why they always do away with the arts and music programs during budget cuts...These are things that they will treasure always, hats off, teacher!

  9. Wow! What a great project! The kids will remember it forever. I would love to do something like that with my kids at school. Could you tell me what kind of books you used? Any recommedations or thoughts? I have 4th graders.. 9 and 10 year olds.
    Thanks a million!

  10. I would love to do art with children...they are so open and full of freedom of expression. Well done Sharon!!


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