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!
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.