We were blessed this past month to host a number of groups for private events and classes.  Two northland elementary schools hosted summer workshops at the studio.  We have all the audio-visual equipment, tables and chairs to accommodate groups as large as 45.  They worked most of the day preparing for the upcoming school year, but we took a break to paint and be creative!  It’s so valuable for teams to learn and grow together creatively!

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Working, planning, learning, and getting ready for a great school year!
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Team-building on the patio
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Painting on canvases. The creative challenge: A limited palette and NO brushes.
We also hosted a private class for the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansas.  They needed custom artwork for their 5K banners.  We designed a special project to fit their needs.  Orange Easel provided the space, supplies, and instruction.  They provided the artists!  The result was our Faces of Epilepsy self-portraits.  Check out a few of them below:

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Studio rental rates, project prices, and supply costs vary greatly, but we'd love to chat with you about customizing an event just for you!

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  • Girl Scout Troops
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  • Baby Showers
  • Bachelor Parties
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We're getting ready to kick off a brand new school year at Orange Easel which means brand new Art Journals for all students, K-and-up.

What is an Art Journal?  Well, I'm glad you asked!  Check out this blog post that details all about our Journals and how they are used in our art classes!  

(This post is from our "parent" company, Miss Allison's Art)

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to share in our weekly journal prompts that will get your creative juices flowing!
 

After School Art

08/26/2014

 

Art-Making {Transition from School to Home}

The first thing my kids want to do when they get home from school is get a snack and veg-out in front of the television.  (Admittedly, some days, that exactly what happens.)  But my favorite thing to do with them after school is paint.  
Paint is inviting.  It's sensory.  It's open-ended.  Plus, they don't fight while they're doing it.  AND, sometimes they actually tell me about their day while they paint! 


We don't always paint.   Sometimes we draw or sculpt. I like to have an activity planned for them when they get off the bus.  

My favorite art activities are PROCESS-FOCUSED...meaning, that the emphasis is on the experience of creating the art instead of trying to achieve an end-product (we call that CRAFT).

Here, I had dug out some forgotten colored pencils and a spiral notebook.  Ava decided she wanted to fill her book with different monster drawings.  She drew monsters. I drew monsters.  And we talked about our day while dinner cooked.  

It's important to note that your kids don't care if you can draw.  As a matter of fact, they probably think that you draw really well.  (don't tell them otherwise)


I put together a collection of some of my favorite art invitations for after school.  These are invitations that are require very little prep on your part.  Some of these may seem "too young" for your big kids, but never underestimate the older kids' desire to finger paint.  (And how GOOD it is for them!)

Art Invitations

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Credit Card Painting
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Marshmallow sculptures
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Paper plate weaving
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Bubbling Art
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Finger Painting
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Melted Crayon Rocks
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Graph Paper Drawings
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Art Journals
Check some of these out.  And, if you try one, or if you have your own favorites, tell me about it in the comments below! 
 
 
Dear World,

My young son starts to school today . . . It's going to be sort of strange and new to him for awhile, and I wish you would sort of treat him gently. You see, up to now he's been king of the roost . . . He's been boss of the backyard . . . His mother has always been near to soothe his wounds and repair his feelings.

But now things are going to be different.

This morning he's going to walk down the front steps, wave his hand, and start out on the great adventure . . . It is and adventure that might take him across continents, across oceans . . . It's an adventure that will probably include wars and tragedy and sorrow . . . To live his life in the world he will have to live in, will require faith and love and courage.

So, World, I wish you would sort of look after him . . . Take him by the hand and teach him things he will have to know.

But do it gently, if you can.

He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just, that all men are not true.
But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero . . . that for every crooked politician there is a great and dedicated leader . . . Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend.
Steer him away from envy, if you can . . . and teach him the secret of quiet laughter.

In school, World, teach him it is far more honorable to fail that to cheat . . . Teach him to have faith in his own idea, even if everyone says they are wrong . . . Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with tough people.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the bandwagon . . . Teach him to listen to all men--but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth and take just the good that siphons through.

Teach him, if you can, how to laugh when he's sad . . . Teach him there is no shame in tears . . . Teach him there can be glory in failure and despair in success.

Treat him gently, World, if you can, but don't coddle him . . . Because only the test of fire makes fine steel . . . Let him have the courage to be impatient . . . Let him have the patience to be brave.
Let him be no other man's man . . . Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself.

Because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind.

This is quite and order, World, but see what you can do . . . He's such a nice little fellow, my son!

By Dan Valentine
To all new kindergartners:  Go be awesome.  ~ ORANGE EASEL