workshopping !

These are photographs from Thursday's Creative Journaling workshop.  During each workshop, the children will learn a new artistic technique and also work on an experimental writing exercise.  During the eight weeks, we will practice lots of different, unique writing styles, and by doing so, the hope is that everyone learns what kind of journal writing feels most personally inspiring.  As we move toward the end of the eight weeks, we'll work towards connecting our writing with our art, so that the two naturally exist together.
On the first day, the children used writing prompts to get their creativity flowing, and then did distinct shape collage on the front of their journals.  Each person chose a simple shape (could be recognizable or free form), sketched it in pencil, traced it in Sharpie, and then used scissors, glue, and collage materials to fill in the shapes.  Some of the kids found it hard to choose a shape, but once they did, there was quiet, light energy as they cut and pieced paper inside the lines.
They are not fully complete, but I love that in just one hour and fifteen minutes, I was able to see that each child's journal connected nicely with bits of their personalities. 
This is my speech bubble.  It pretty much sums up how I'm feeling about teaching my workshops.
I am bursting. 

ox e