I have the pleasure of being an art teacher at the West Hartford Art League Summer Camp.
I have always enjoyed teaching. (If you know me you probably know that I taught mask-making at Emerson College for a few years and ran the K-1 room at an afterschool for a few years.) So I'm down with the project plans and step-by-steps. We have circle time, then the project, then clean-up. And Magoo is there as my trusty assistant. If I couldn't be an author/illustrator, then I'd surely have been a teacher.
That's a long way of saying that I enjoy my three weeks of teaching each year.
The first week of camp, we focused on folktales.
We made collage gnomes and Lion & Mouse watercolor paintings.
This week the theme is ASIAN EXPLORATION.
We've painted Sumi-E cats and pandas and made lovely blossoms coming out of origami paper vases.
Tomorrow we're making collage/origami kimonos and I think the girls are going to really like it. (These week all my students are girls.)
As a bonus, because these kids are the target age group that I write for, I'm paying close attention to the things they say and the games they play. Do you know what a group of little girls do that Magoo never did? Shriek with excitement!
Oh, the shrieking! :)