Stef Nelson and Sarilis Schoville, local artists from Art & Soul Tattoo and Gallery, worked alongside Ashley Bidlingmaier and Kayla Langfoss from Small World Childcare for an art exploration. Small World School Aged Summer Camp, a division of Small World Childcare had many eager learners ready to take on an artistic mixed media activity.
Both Stef and Sarilis each taught half of the group and conducted a small lesson for a project that was to be finished that day. Stef held an interactive art activity where each young artist was allowed structured creativity. While the students stood in front of their artwork, Stef gave them simple directions, such as, now glue something, or paint with the blue paint anywhere on the paper. Then, each student moved on to their neighbors art, and added their own creative twist. The purpose was to really have the children stop and think about why someone would do something to their art and understanding how collaborative work can go. Although some students did not enjoy others touching their artwork, everyone seemed to have fun and they produced some cool art.
Sarilis led the other group, starting with a simple drawing with oil pastels or crayons. Once the drawings were complete, the students were instructed to crush and crumple their paper into a little ball. This seemed to be their favorite part. Next step was to uncrumple, and cover their paper with watercolor paint of their choosing. The outcome resulted in colorful drawings with a stained glass window effect and the kids learned the idea of resist as the crayons resisted the paint.
“We try to do an event with Small World at least once a year, the artists try to show them different ways of looking at art”, says Renee’ May, owner of Art & Soul in New Glarus.
Art & Soul Tattoo and Gallery and Small World Childcare have always maintained a positive relationship and have enjoyed the many opportunities they have had working together.