Art Classes for Rising Third and Fourth Graders
Pre-requisite: Students will be rising third or fourth graders during the coming 2019-20 school year.
Recommended: As we’ll have the opportunity to explore sites away from the Friends Select building, each student should bring with them each day a refillable water bottle.
Choose your favorite from five different weekly sessions, or try all five!
Session 1: My Summer Sketchbook
June 17 - 21 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Student artists will learn a variety of decorating techniques and create painted papers with which they can mix, match, and trade with each other to design their own hand-stitched sketchbook. We’ll take our books out onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to enjoy our own sketching adventures!
Session 2: Parkway Pillows
June 24 - 28 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Student artists work from sketches and photographs of scenes from the Ben Franklin Parkway to create images which can be drawn on or transferred to fabric and hand-sewn onto their own personally designed stuffed pillow!
Session 3: Wrap It up
July 1 – July 5 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) No class July 4!
Student artists visit sculptures around the Ben Franklin Parkway for inspiration and then design and create their own oversized cardboard sculptures, wrapping them with colorful finger-knit yarn chains!
Session 4: My Mosaic
July 8 - July 19 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Two-week workshop!
Student artists visit mosaics around the city for inspiration, learn about and experiment with a variety of materials and techniques (including their own hand-built, glazed, and fired ceramic art) while designing one-of-a-kind mosaic panels. (This session will feature a field trip to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.)
Session 5: Savasana Stuffies
July 22 - July 26 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Students learn about and practice the yoga position of Savasana (the relaxation pose) and how it helps one to clear their minds and relax their bodies. We’ll design and sew small stuffed friends to hold on our bellies during the pose, a tool to help us focus on breathing deeply and remaining still. Weather permitting, we’ll practice a variety of meditation techniques at different locales on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
These sessions are taught by Dan Deslaurier, who earned his Master’s degree in PK-12 Art Education from The University of the Arts. Teacher Dan has taught visual art at Friends Select School in grades Pre-Kindergarten-Fourth Grade for the past 18 years. Teacher Dan enjoys creating in all art media though his favorite artistic pastime is the craft of papercutting. His work has been exhibited at Main Line Art Center, A Bit of the Arts Holiday Fair, and The Eyes Gallery.