Here's the story:
This year a 5th grade student approached me and asked this simple question,
"Ms. Alkire are you going to have an art club this year?"Honestly I didn't have an answer. My previous attempt at an art club was chaos without structure and I dreaded a repeat year of wishing I could go home early. So my response was this,
"If you write me a letter explaining why we should have an art club, and what we would do I will consider it."I though he would forget, but I was so wrong! Come next Monday morning before class this young man delivered the sweetest proposal, how could I not support his desire for creativity beyond the classroom? So he and about ten of his peers met with me after school one day and we discussed what art club would be like and what we would do.
They are very self sufficient coming up with their own name, the Mini Da Vinci's and also a T-Shirt design which I am working on getting to the press. They create posters for beautifying the school and even did a fundraiser for No Excuses University to raise money for Operation Warm. They have self projects that they are working on, and use a sketchbook to plan and create ideas. I couldn't have asked for a better group of kids to spend two days a week after school with. Art club has become one of my favorite times of the week.
Recently the Mini Da Vinci's produced an after school art program called ART AFTER HOURS 2014 click and check out the blog and all the fantastic things they came up with!
|These kids are so creative! I am so proud of them!|
|The kids came up with the idea/thumbnail sketch, and I refined it,|
sent it to the t-shirt company and this is what we got back!