Artistic creativity knows no limits. Even with a non-existent budget, art can be borne out of the simplest of things. When reflecting on the direction of the craft club one of the goals I felt passionate about was to encourage the spirit of an environmentally aware ethic - The vision was to impart the idea that art and craft was not necessarily the luxury of those who could afford expensive art supplies but to be aware of the fact that art most often is the repurposing of everyday items into expressions of creativity.
|different patterns yield different bead shapes|
|Cutting out the bead pattern|
|Comparing the bead to the desired shape|
|hard at work|
The students seemed to grasp the concept very quickly and set to work rolling and creating their own paper beads.
|a skewer helps with uniformity|
Once they got the basic technique down, within no time at all they began experimenting with designs of their own.
I helped them out a little bit by suggesting that it could be a piece of art, an accessory or even a home decor item.
Of course the students looked at me horrified -
this I believe is the is the result of a generation raised on X-Box, TV and instant apps that predict your text for you - we may have inadvertently trained our children to not think outside the box - literally.
At this point I sneakily introduce a little bit of Computer skill and Internet research training. I show them how to do an Internet search on various search engines to find inspiration.
|cutoutandkeep.net (paperbead curtain)|
|textiles4you.blogspot.com (bags and purses)|
As of now - I am still waiting for the students to show me their completed projects. They are little perfectionists though and want more time to get it just right. I also think the threat of having their work showcased in the display cabinet is forcing a level of attention to detail with their projects that didn't occur to me.
Well I happily conclude my first report on this exciting new project. Until next time be gone with our wasteful selves and hello to our creative wasteless selves!