Friday, April 18, 2014

First Ever Felting Workshop... A Success!

Wool felting comes in lots of colors!
 While I've done needle felting myself, I had never taught a class on it until today...

The calm before the class arrived.
It was a small workshop of only 9 students ranging in age from 8 to 18 years old. Most were closer to twelve though. I started out with a brief intro about the materials leading into a very stern safety talk about the sharpness of the needles and the importance of staying focused while felting to prevent serious injury. I did also say that as beginners they probably would either stick themselves with the needle or break the needle and that both were okay (we had a supply of band-aids and extra needles just in case).

Some in progress images...
My 18-year old student shaping the end of her bunny's "body".
Attaching a head takes some patience.
Shaping some hind legs.

Some "finished" bunnies and one guinea pig...

Yup... that's a band-aid from a needle felting injury.
This young crafter had a fear of bunnies so she made hers a guinea pig instead.

Friday, April 4, 2014

March Art Journal Entry: Inspired By Books

With my recent involvement in promoting art workshops and fundraisers that are coming up, I forgot completely to post the March art journal entry from the year long art journal exchange I am participating in. 

The March art journal prompt came from a fellow art teacher who is making her art journal out of a book of fiction. She gave many suggestions for how to add to the book and my page was inspired by the text itself. Here is the entry for March, "Tales of Creatures That Flew". I think I was envisioning gargoyles.