As a group we read 2 stories:
- The Art Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
- Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh with a flannelboard
The Special Guest
I was fortunate in that one of our staff members is in her last semester of an art major at a local university. Miss Brenna brought a number of her paintings, including 1 made by blowing paint through a straw, 1 made by drawing in juice, a charcoal drawing of blocks, and 1 with different textures that the kids could touch.
We made our own insect collages. Lakeshore Learning sells cardboard shapes that make a sturdy background for holding collage materials. (I will admit that I did have to run out yesterday afternoon to buy these because I couldn't find our original peel-and-stick collage boards that I had ordered). As for materials, you can use anything-scraps, stickers, feathers, sequins, tissue paper, foam shapes, etc. Many years ago, we bought a collage kit to supplement our supplies. I pulled our crinkle paper, feathers, sequins, and foam shapes out of there. I grabbed our leftover stickers from previous crafts this summer. I also found many bottles of half-empty glitter glue. It does help if you pass out paper plates for the kids to carry their creations home on. Many are wet and the plates give the kids a place to hold.
The program ended up being about 45 minutes. Both the collage and the special guest were a big hit. Many of the parents had their phone cameras out taking pictures of the program. Unfortunately, this was our last K Club for the summer as this was our trial period. It will definitely be back next summer and I have our community relations specialist already looking for more community members who can be special guests!