The Frank LLoyd Wright Foundation has collaborated with local school districts to launch a FREE 6-week program for K-12 students, encouraging students to explore design and architecture through projects inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's life, philosophy and work. The first lesson has students exploring shapes in their space and is available HERE!
What more can I say... go there...learn... explore...create amazing things!
In an effort to keep my chin up amidst the many unknowns today, I've made a point to focus on silver slivers to be found in the pressing fog surrounding the world right now.
A few silver slivers in my world today...
The one that sparked the list today is this one...
Creativity can reduce the sense of isolation that inevitably results from social distancing. Many of these classes and offerings would have been out of reach or non-existent before the closures. People who create understand the value and power creativity has to see people through challenges, and they're stepping up to provide it for our kids.
So thank you to all of the overwhelmed, busy creative minds out there giving your time & resources to support the students I love.
Thank you for your patience as I work on getting art projects up and working on the art site. It's been encouraging to hear from so many of you and your students, and see what they're creating at home!
I've come across some amazing creative opportunities from famous and beloved authors, illustrators, and other creators for our students and am sharing them in this post. You can find the comprehensive list and more information HERE on the website.
I'll be updating the list regularly, so keep checking back!
Mo Willems Lunch Doodle Sessions
If you're familiar with the beloved children's book, 'Don't Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus' or the Elephant & Piggie books, then you might be as excited as I was to hear that the author & Illustrator, Mo Willems, recorded live drawing sessions over the last two weeks that your student can access HERE, complete with a Mo Willems designed 'Social Distancing Doodler's Diploma' that can be downloaded at the end of the 15 sessions.
Spy Hop Rewired Intro to Hand Drawn Animation, April 7-9, 2-3pm (MST), Ages 10-17 Ages 10-17
Spy Hop is a local nonprofit that introduces students in the community to creative media platforms like digital photography, moviemaking, animation, screenwriting, etc. They're offering a free online workshop in Animation, April 7-9, 2-3pm (MST) for students ages 10-17. Students will come away with a new skill and their own animated flip book. You can find information and REGISTER HERE (This workshop is filling up fast. It's likely they will continue offering more due to their popularity and I'll keep you and your students updated via our art webpage).
Grace Lin posts read-aloud and draw-along videos: Author & Illustrator of 'Where the Mountain Meets the Moon,' 'Starry River of the Sky,' and many other stunning children's books posts videos on her YouTube channel HERE. She also hosts the podcast Kids Ask Authors.
Carson Ellis, Illustrator, 'Wildwood' and 'Lemony Snicket' books
Illustrator Carson Ellis is leading art classes for adults and kids alike with her Quarantine Art Club. Every day will have a different drawing prompt to get the creativity going.
Where to find it: @carsonellis
Jarrett Lerner, Illustrator
Comic book illustrator Jarrett Lerner is releasing a series of activities each day, including blank comic book pages, a “character-maker,” blank clothes your kids can help design, and a “Finish This Comic” Activity.
Where to find it: Lerner’s website
Tony DiTerlizzi and Angela DiTerlizzi
Authors and Illustrators of 'The Spiderwick Chronicles' and 'The Search for Wondla' Series, host “Drawn to Fantasy” on Facebook Live weekdays at 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
Where to find it: Facebook Live, weekdays at 1:00 pm (MST)
Designer Trisha Zemp is offering her very popular stop-motion kids camp free. Zemp notes that the class is for kids of all ages—which means grownups are welcome too.
Where to find it: @trishazemp
Children’s book author and illustrator E.B. Goodale is launching “Drawing with toddlers.” Goodale will take requests for what to draw live, “or you can just sit back and watch the chaos.” It’s specifically geared toward toddlers “because that’s what I’ve got on my hands,” she says in the post, “and their attention span is short. It will be a messy experiment!”
Frequency: Daily on weekdays; 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT
Where to find it: @ebgoodale
Heder is offering a bunch of creative projects on her Instagram feed and stories:
make animal costumes out of cardboard and Scotch tape, or animal masks out of cereal boxes. The best part is that all of her projects use basic supplies and kitchen staples.
Where to find it: @thyraheder
Jeffers will be reading his popular books like How to Stuck, The Day the Crayons Quit, Catch a Star, Lost and Found, and more.
Frequency: Daily; 2 p.m. ET/11a.m. PT
Where to find it: @oliverjeffers
Children’s book author and illustrator Sophie Blackall is reading from some of her favorite books too, including Ivy and Bean and Hello Lighthouse.
Frequency: Every few days
Where to find it: @sophieblackall
Children’s book author Mac Barnett is starting his own daily book club and will be reading one of his books everyday for about a month
Frequency: Daily; 9 a.m. ET/12 p.m. PT
Where to find it: @macbarnett
We know the drill...Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies..................art.
I could spend a few minutes rehashing what we already know about where art falls on the list of educational priorities...I'll save the mountains of research for another day. The situation we're facing together around the world will serve as a direct indicator as to why creativity isn't just 'fluff,' but establishes a critical foundation that is simply fundamental, especially for our kids.
In direct response to current events, creativity & the act of creating...
It's appropriate that the first post here belongs to none other than one of our most beloved, endlessly brilliant authors and illustrators in the art room, MO WILLEMS!
During the school closures, I'm working non-stop to bring as much creativity as possible to my art students. Creativity couldn't be more relevant or necessary than it is right now. I've been beyond inspired by others in the community who see the critical importance of providing children with ways to continue creating during uncertain times, which I'll cover in my next post. But for now, don't miss the opportunity to
I'm serious, though.
LIVE DOODLE SESSIONS WITH MO!!
RIGHT?? I didn't quite believe it was real, either.
Mo Willems earns the title of 'Greatest Art Hero' today. Just, thank you.
Without further adieu, I bring you the link to quite possibly one of the most incredible creative opportunities of all time.
Parents...do not pass go, do not collect any more information on your way out...go directly to the link below to get your little artists ready to create!
You're welcome :)