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Announcing our 2012-13 After-School & Community Classes
“Take My Word For It!” teaches after-school and community-based programs throughout the San Francisco Bay area as well as in Northern Virginia.
This session our Montera Boys’ Group explored the theme of flight! The boys have written stories from diverse points of view, such as those of Amelia Earhart, bumblebees, and even Cupid. They drew upon the senses, flights of fancy, and … Continue reading
Our young writers had a blast letting their imaginations run away with free-writes, Amelia Earhart theories, and more at Thornhill Elementary this Fall. Take a look at some of our favorite excerpts from the class below! A Fun Rainy … Continue reading
The 4th and 5th grade group at Thornhill has been writing all types of amazing poems (with a little Halloween prose thrown in for fun) this Fall. From list poems to riddle poems, we’ve been having a blast and here’s … Continue reading
The Art Edition: On Wednesday, students created wire "characters" to sketch in different poses to aid in drawing their book characters. We learned about perspective to create backgrounds and different points of view. We discussed "visual flow" to make our … Continue reading
The Art Edition: The students are excited about writing and illustrating their Children's books and so am I! On Monday we looked at books and different illustration styles, tecniques and mediums artists use. We experimented with different tecniques and materials exploring pencil, … Continue reading
The Art Edition: We started off Wednesday morning with some Observational Drawing. Campers first did warm up drawings called Gesture Drawings which are quick- sometimes only 30 seconds. From there we did extended Contour Drawings. Then campers selected a Gesture … Continue reading
The Art Edition: It's been a busy couple mornings of art making. We've looked at various books for story illustration inspiration. Tuesday we focused on the painted paper collage work of Eric Carle. We've also talked about various media artists … Continue reading
The Art Edition: On day 4 we finished our mixed media maps, using sharpie to accentuate the lines and then using watercolor and colored pencil to color it in. Also, we looked at the work of artist Alexander Calder who … Continue reading
So far it's been a great, fun week. Day 1We made sketchbooks for students to use throughout the week. Sculptures of insects with a focus on bees. Some chose to make diorama environments for them. Notice Claire's "pirate bee." Day 2We … Continue reading