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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.
At “Take My Word For It!” our goal is to introduce kids to writing as an adventure, a chance to try on different personas, and as an outlet for their feelings, thoughts and ideas (even those they don’t want to … Continue reading
Since it’s the month dedicated to declarations of love, allow us to profess our undying love for words. What would we do without them? Words can be delicious for the mouth to say, mellifluous for the ear to hear and spark powerful … Continue reading
Many of the students who enroll in our classes start out the session with big doubts. They doubt they will ever like what comes out of their pencils, that they will ever want anyone else to hear what they’ve written … 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