Friday, December 17, 2021

No Wrong Way

The class has a program that has monthly lessons on it. As I planned out December, I noticed that one of the lessons had an art project that went along with it. I showed it to the IAs. They thought it would work nicely. We set about getting the materials we would need for it.

Then came the day of the project. 

They were making tissue paper candle holders, much like the ones like this (see link). Instead of getting glass jars, I found little plastic ones at Dollar Tree. And our instructions were for them to use LED tea lights like these

I projected the instructions on our screen. We passed out materials. And we set them loose. 

And every student glued the tissue paper differently. 

Some alternated the colors and did it lightly. Some attached the tissue paper in thick layers. Some put all one color together. 

And I didn't say a word about it. 

The IAs made comments. I pointed out that it was an art project, and that there wasn't really a wrong way to do it. However their candle holders came out was going to be just fine.

They made a bit of a mess, but I think they had fun with it. 

I wish I had taken pictures. Everyone's came out great. And each looked so different from one another. I didn't even contemplate how many ways they could make the project their own.

18 comments:

  1. Oh, my... commenting on an art project! I love tissue paper arts and crafts. My favorite is tearing the paper into pieces, laying it on white paper and painting it with vinegar. Letting it alone (hard to do!) to dry, and when you blow the tissue off, the color transferred. Students always think that's pretty much magically! Great idea replacing the glass.

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    1. Oooh. I see a project for them in January...

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  2. I'm glad you were there to object to comments from the IA. Our local ACHIEVE chapter (formally ARC) sometimes puts resident artwork on Facebook and there are a lot of talented people in their residences. They enjoy art, too.

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    1. Some of them are very talented. We need to do more art projects, I think.

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  3. They went with what they liked best! That's what art is supposed to be.

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  4. That's the beauty of art. It's in the eye of the beholder and an expression of a person's inner...uh...person. That they had fun is a bonus.

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    1. I have no idea if they had fun. They didn't say.

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  5. That's lovely! Just shows how unique each is -- just different, not wrong!

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  6. These look like lovely candle holders, what a fun craft idea! It's always nice when individual personality and style comes out in an art project :)

    Hope that you are having a good weekend! :) We had a fun playdate at the park yesterday.

    Away From The Blue

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  7. Hi Liz - absolutely let them enjoy their creations ... fun that there's no 'no, you can't do that' - and as Lisa suggests - sounds a fun project for January ... cheers Hilary

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  8. Hopefully they didn't all do the same, that would have been scary... Great project!

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  9. every person is unique and that is reason why every of them doing things on its own way.

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    1. Yup. I knew that. I just forgot it for a bit.

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  10. Pictures would have been fun. Good on you for allowing them artistic freedom. That is the whole point.

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    1. So many things were going on that I just never got around to taking pictures. I'm disappointed in myself on this.

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