The main "push" is over, now that the art show at the mall is down and we're into the last few weeks of the school year. Kids are finishing up celebrity figure sculptures (which are gonna be awesome!) and we'll spend the last week or so (weather permitting) doing observational drawings and watercolors outside.
Late last week a couple of kids asked if they could make Mother's Day cards (we're mainly a boarding school) and I said that they could do that or make other small gifts using any surplus materials I had in the room.
Some of them noticed the cross-stitch that my middle school students are doing as part of the Colonial Arts and Crafts unit and asked if they could do a small cross-stitch design for their mom. I said sure, on the condition that they charted their own design.
Amazingly, a number of the BOYS--high school students, mind you--have jumped on this! Charting out simple things like "I love you, Mom" or "Mom, You're # 1" these kids have been stitching away. Other kids have initiated their own sewing projects using some of the fabric that's been donated over the years. Most of the ones who are sewing are making their moms small tote bags as gifts.
While I've had a good group this year, anyhow, I think this is the most focused and productive they've been, and many are staying after school to try to finish these gifts for their moms.
Wow--who'd have thunk?!
Next year some of my "filler" projects for art will include weaving, cross-stitch, quilting and other "fiber arts."