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Summer Part One
September 10, 2012

The Summer has flown by.  Adios, Amiga!  But before we bid adieu, we must take a look at what the Moonbug kids worked on during the we-need-an-air-conditioning days. 

Summer Part One begins here.  Stay tuned for more summery blog posts, as there are many projects to share. I just don't want to overblog you.

"ROAR!" said a bug. Once.

    

Inspect Insect! During this camp, kids ages 3-5 and 6-9 studied bugs, clayed them, and paint penned them.

    

Using paint pens, acrylic paint, and spray paint on plexiglas the kids made a fun visual version of bugs. Butterflies, snails, and worms.  Oh, sweet!

    

Dancing bugs. Colorful bugs. Ay, ay!

    

Both groups were great.  This photo says it all!  Quirky cuties.

    

One of my favorite camps during the summer was Nyland's Land.  Take a look at Nyland's work, then check out the Moonbuggers artistic creations.

    

    

    

Do you see the resemblance? 

Paper, clay, and watercolor.

    

Each child also made a Nyland inspired garland using watercolor, yarn, and paper.  I can't wait for my Ivy to be old enough to make one!

    

One of our camp themes was Tents and Maps. Campy.  During our snack break the kids made little smokies, baked beans and smores.

    

During Tents and Maps week the kids made a mixed media map on canvas using many materials. Think paint, miscellaneous ephemera, and photographs of their home. I am kicking myself because I don't think I actually took a photo of these beautiful maps. Would you sweet parents send me a photograph?

     

The kids also made tents using crepe paper, wooden dowels, mod-podge, yarn, sharpies and miscellaneous ephemera. Quite eclectic.

    

I liked this camp. I did. But I also learned better ways to go about making creative tents. I, too, am always in process. And look at these sweet kids, proud of their tenty creations. They were super creative and had fun. Even with all of the gluing *wink, wink*

I enjoyed this busy Moonbugs summer. I hope you did too! I think Moonbugs classes are always a good reason to stay out of the heat or the cold. We had plenty of heat and humidity to last us three summers! If winter is just as wacky, don't forget to bring your stir crazy child to Moonbugs. There will be plenty of warm snacks, things to paint, and friends to meet.

And one more thing. I promised to share photographs of the Moonbugs Mother's Day gifts. I know, I am way late. But you know what they say...

    

In May the kids prepared two types of gifts for their sweet mama's. An illustrated mosaic necklace made by yours (literally) truly. YOUR child. Your sweet baby girl or boy who isn't so little anymore. That cute faced kids that you call MINE. They made these sentimental gifts.

    

These creative children also made clay owls to hang about your house. Using clay, black paint, colorful wire, and oil pastels these sweet owls were born. I think theeeee perfect keepsake.

And one more thing...

    

...check out that gift wrap. Isn't it the best?!

Happy Mothers Day everyday. Even in September.

I will be writing again soon. I have Summer Saturdays to discuss.

XOXO

PS - Excuse the iPhone photo's. That phone-ah-mah-jig is too handy. And I also wrote this blog a tad (a lot) past my bedtime.

 

 

 




Papa's + Summa Time!
July 2, 2012

It has been way too long.  And I don't have all the photographs uploaded that you MUST see. I am talking to you, you sweet mama's. The next blog post will include your sweet Mother's Day Owl's and necklace's. I loved them! I hope you did too.

And, wow - whew! Since March I have been workin away. These Living Social vouchers have brought about boomin business. I have met a lot of new parents and experienced a few new things. And, wow, lots of new kids! Did I say wow? WOW!

The new faces have been great. New friendships are being made, and that is always fun to see. I have had a few wilder than normal classes. To be honest, it made me wonder "Am I doing this right?" but then you said, you sweet mother's, that you were interested in your child having a good time. Its about the process, not the product - right? Or is it? So, I would like to know - what do you want your child to get out of Moonbugs?

Some kids seem to be super natural at going with the flow, creating for hours and wanting more art. Other children want to be done five minutes into project. These kids usually think the cats and the snack are the best part of Moonbugs. Sometimes a mixed group happens, and when it does the majority wins.

My goal is to teach an appreication for being creative. That's it. I am not an amazing drawing teacher, I couldn't recite essays on Art History and I don't have a kiln. I do have many materials to create beautiful pieces by your enthused child. Or quick, quirky peices by your energetic boy or girl. Or experimental peices by your science minded kid. And I hope that is okay.

I really enjoy providing art experiences to children and I have so many ideas. My little lady Ivy keeps me busy, and I do plan to have another babe sometime next Summer/Fall (if thee God allows). I know my heart and mind are often split. But I try my best with both jobs. Just know that my Moonbugs heart is big - plans are being made in my head - and time is of great importance. I want to be growing this for a long, long time.

    

                                                                    Ivy - my girl

If you could, I would love feedback. Good, bad or inbetween. Ideas, opinions, encouragment. Whatever it is you feel you have to offer.

Aside of all of that, here are some cool photo's from this past Spring to Summer. I have joined the ol' Instagram (@lanenroe) and have gone Insta crazy with Moonbugs pictures. So, a mix below...

While making Father's Day projects, the ladies needed a popsicle break. Store bought. But we are going to change that this summer. Homemade, here we come! Anywho, you can't actually see the popsicles, but they are eating them.

    

I held three Father's Day classes because of the high demand. Overflowing classes. Those lucky poppies. Those blessed poppies! 

Each child made a set of four rustic coasters.  Partical board, watered down paint, pen, and polyurethane went into the creation of these little gifts. Although, there was the option to frame them. I loved the idea of grouping their artwork and then showcasing. What did you do?

    

Before summer camps started, I hosted a class called Castle Life. Using oil pastels and watercolor, the kids made castle paintings and characters. Royally fun! They also enjoyed crumpets and tea for snack. And a bit of silly time.

    

A sweet, small group. Eight children were suppose to have attended. Waah happend? Sometimes small is nice.

    

And finally, the first camp of the summer was a success! Bird house facades and clay birds. Folk art was the inspiration. Oh, and these!

    

So far, the Summer has been a good-busy-chaotic-fastpaced-sweet time. Many more camps are available to register for. Nyland's Land is filling up fast. Look it up, let me know.

Let the color and mess continue! And enjoy some corn on the cob, outdoor movies, baseball games, swim days, and cuddle time with your truly awesome child <3

Cheers!

 

 

 




Spring Time
April 10, 2012

Wow, oh wow, oh wow! I have a lot of photo's to present. March was full of art classes and kids and new kids and Living Social vouchers. I am thankful for the busy and the happy child hearts!

    

Before I got so, so busy I was just a little bit busy. This great plexi glass project made me glad!

    

This perfect plexi glass project included paint pens, acrylic paints, and plexi glass of course!

    

Inspired by artist Tim Garwood, each child made a lovely 11x14 art piece. This is one of my top five favorite Moonbug projects ever! Gorgeous!

    

Another great project the kids worked on was this funky little cupcake canvas. They looked at the work of artist Wayne Thiebaud then went to town with color, cake, and cuteness! You may remember this project from last year.

    

Cupcakes were also enjoyed after paint and things. Sprinkles and chocolate goodness.

    

After plexi glass fun and cupcake indulgence, Spring Break came about. The kids had a great time making Gustav Klimt inspired mixed media mountains (above) and smash can art.

 

    

Each child used an assortment of papers, paint, yarn, and buttons to build their mountains.

    

During their Spring Break snack break, the kids made some delicious snacks. This was a favorite. Strawberry and angel food cake skewers.

     

The kids also made recycled can art. Smashed cans, paint, and marker to make these fun mini works. Stay tuned - the next blog I write there will be a photo of these lil gems matted and framed. They are waiting to be photographed and given back to their artistic owners. (It has been busy around here - did I mention that?)

    

As Easter approached, it was time for an egg project. I got the idea for this project here. Doodle eggs!

    

Each child doodled on three wooden eggs using magic marker. And doodle they did. Floral designs were a big hit.

     

A few mountain scenes. So pretty. So sweet! And Happy Easter!

March was a definite success. Much art and many kind kids. I am looking forward to more Spring and sunny day projects.

Peace, peace to you.

 

     

PS. My little Ivy joined Moonbugs for a wee bit. Her first sit in. XO

 

 

 




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