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Thank You Craft Projects!

by Chad Dike, Teaching Artist, Widen Elementary
I have taught a lot of 2nd graders in my tenure as a teaching artist, but I have never met a crew like my group from Widen.  (Remember the off the wall but fun kids I talked about last time?)
Thanks to the brilliant help of Natalie Goodnow, Artistic Associate at Theatre Action Project, and an extended craft project, they have finally found their focus!  Now I must admit, I have never been a huge “craft-er.” I can make some awesome paper plate hats or a treasure map, but nothing as extensive as a plaster and paint mask with young students till now.
What started as an “easy” mask making project, has now blossomed into a  mask/map/backdrop/model town extravaganza! The students have poured a ton of work into these masks and have begun creating a world around the characters.  This is even spilling over into the class culture, with the creation of “town jobs” (mayor, librarian, coach and teacher) with a corresponding duty in the classroom.

Suffice to say… Thank you craft projects!  You are almost always messy and take longer than expected, but you give my students the ability to creatively express themselves in a new and interesting way!

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We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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