Since you are going to have families attending, perhaps you could do an activity based upon a family photo. You could have them design a decorative frame and/or mat for the photo. You could use all manner of decorative items...even those mentioned previously such as stamping, collage, etc.
You could cut scrap matboard into strips that were of varying length. The width could be standardized to say 2". Each family group would get 4 pieces that could be decorated and then glued together. Lay out the first 2 pieces horizontally so that they are spaced enough apart to just cover the edges of the photo. The 2 vertical pieces can be glued at the corners so that they overlap the horizontal pieces. Glue these up first and let them set to dry for say 15 minutes. If the glue is spread thinly, it will dry quickly.
While the 'frame' is drying, they could begin stamping or rubbing designs on paper. This paper could be cut or torn and then used to wrap the frame.
Next, glue the photo to a piece of matboard that is the same size as the photo. Spread the glue with a scrap of mat board so it is very thin. This will allow the photo to lie very flat w/o bubbling up.
Mount the photo to the back of the decorated frame. You can hot melt glue a hanger to the back, or make a stand so the photo frame can stand up on a table. I use foam core or mat board and score a small tab with an xacto blade.Crease the tab and glue the small end to the back of the photo.
I will send you a few diagrams via email. Hopefully these will better explain the process. I've done this before with classes. They look great when done. I've even used the same process to make shadow boxes in which the students stamp designs on a piece of fadeless paper (stamps are made from art gum erasers and carved with a razor knife). We wrap the frame and then install a mini sculpture of a person made with Fimo clay. It's a cool lesson that combines a lot of different processes and media.
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Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 7:53:54 -0500
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Subject: Re: Family Art Night
From: Diane Gregory <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 11:00:22 -0800 (PST)
Here are some thoughts!
Stamp printing to create Holiday Gift Wrapping paper. Use natural and found
objects to make stamps.
Create Collages with left over bits and pieces of construction paper left over
from the semester. Put up examples of non-objective art as inspiration.
Create Self-Portrait Collages using magazine pictures.
Set up some different stations and each station would have a different hands on
I have always loved paper weaving of all kinds...have them weave papers that
have been shredding or pre cut with a paper cutter in different widths. Or use
torn paper strips to make a weaving
Create some kind of wearable art that parents and children can put on themselves
One of favorite activities has always been crayon or oil pastel texture rubbings
using natural objects or other human made items. I have my university students
create a texture rubbing quilt. One one or two inch square or rectangle could
also be made into a piece of wearable art. You might need to glue the rubbing
on a piece of poster board and have them attach a piece of velcro on the back.
Create simple paper puzzles of famous works of art and have parents and students
put them together.
I think the station idea would give choice and help a number of people work on
the art at the same time. I would invite the children to serve as the teachers
to show parents how to work with the materials.
Hope this helps spark some ideas.
----- Original Message ----
> From: Gabrielle Bliss
> My new school (preK-8) has a family art/craft night on December 16th. I am
>looking for a
> good "project" for families to work on before we all go on break. Any great
>projects out there?
> Thanks so much!
> Gabrielle Bliss
> Fine Arts Coordinator
> Sheridan Arts Magnet
> 1201 University Ave NE
> Minneapolis, MN 55413
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