Tonight I was able to take some time for art. Finally!
I created 2 collages for 2 of my favourite challenges. I used gelli papers for both backgrounds.
This week the theme was "Use 1 word"
I chose Love and tried the stencil technique Carolyn Dube offered through an online course (a must do!)
For me, my Mother epitomizes Love. Next week will be the 5th anniversary of her passing - I still miss her so much. This was in honour of her.
This week the theme was "Retro: 50's and 60's". I chose the year 1959 as I had several images from this year.
I have finally had a couple of days of being able to create some art. School and sore eyes (anyone got a cure for red, swollen, puffy eyes??).
I have worked on a few challenges and some cards.
This past week the theme at Collage Obsession was "Steps and Staircases". I wasn't inspired until today when I came across this staircase in a "homes" booklet. Then I found the quote and it fell into place, with a gelli paper background.
Last week we ended Education Week with our own "Poetry Café". Lots of preparation but such an enjoyable time we had.
We have been writing poetry often throughout the year, as well as sharing poetry almost daily. April was Poetry month and we wrote poetry often. I knew the children had done enough to create their own books. So we began to type up poems, create fancy covers and decorate all the pages. I laminated the covers and bound the books.
Then on Friday, parents, grandparents and other special guests were invited to attend our Poetry Café.
The children decorated the room with balloons (the one time this year I almost lost my temper - but that is another story!), made flowers for centrepieces and moved tables to make 6 small groupings, complete with tablecloth and flowers.
As each guest arrived, their child met them at the door and got them juice and cookies (which the children had brought in - we are still snacking on cookies!). Then they shared their books with the guests.
We then did a presentation of some of their favourite weekly poems we recited during shared reading. Bruce Lansky's "What I Found in My Desk" was their favourite - and they did it with such expression.
Then each child read one of their poems if they wished. We even used a microphone - a nice addition.
Everyone was so appreciative of these young poets and they were so proud of themselves.
It was a very special day.
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