Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Not your average librarian...

Last night at the library I had the pleasure of teaching a mixed media journal class for teens. I made the journal above during the class to show some techniques. I was really excited about teaching this and brought tons of my own supplies to play with. I talked about all different types and styles of journals and showed this and this as examples along with a plethora of my favorite books. I talked about blogging as a form of journaling and showed my Artful Blogging article. It was at this time that one of the mothers piped up and said, "You sure aren't your average libriaran!" hehe!! I explained that I loved blogging so much because I'm definitely a "get your hands dirty" kind of art journaler, so I make my art, then photograph it and post it on my blog. It's the best of both hands-on and digital art!Three girls showed up (it was a hot summer evening) and they had some journaling experience so they dove right in. It was so much fun. I showed them some new, very simple techniques like painting onto bubble wrap and then stamping it down for making backgrounds. Their creativity took off and they made some pretty fun books, as you see here.We stuffed the inside of the books with lots of different types of paper and envelopes. They had some great ideas for themes. One of them was going to use the journal to chronicle her school year. Another was going to use it for doodling and writing notes.

Don't you agree that they turned out fabulous!?! This got me very excited for teaching in Cape Cod at JustBe...Connected in October. The girls loved the class and gave me big hugs at the end:) The mothers encouraged me to teach more of these classes and they wanted to participate themselves. What a fun experience to teach something that I'm so passionate about myself and see all of the amazing creations that others make. I love my job!

14 comments:

Sharon said...

BET YOU WERE WONDERFUL!!

dede warren said...

I am sure you are a natural Kari. It's easy to share what we are passionate about, so glad you experience was wonderful. Oh, the minds of young ones, you have planted seeds of inspiration I am sure!!

hugs, Dede

Lilli said...

One of life's greatest privileges is to help someone discover their own potential for creativity. What's great about working with kids is that they don't judge themselves as severely as adults do. They don't see limitations as much as potential. You must have loved facilitating that :)

BonnieRose said...

Good fun Kari, u inspire others in everything you do!

jessi nagy said...

YEAH KARI! IM SURE THOSE GIRLS WERE DELIGHTED. have fun teaching.
jessi nagy

www.scrappyjessi.blogspot.com

She Who Flies said...

Looks like you ALL had a lot of fun! I have a feeling this is only the start for you Kari, teaching-wise :-)

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Thats so great...wish more people had joined in!
I'll make you a little sign for your Artful Blogger Party if you haven't gotten one...let me know.

Frivolitea said...

What a fabulous thing you did in teaching that class to teens. I am so impressed by your energy and creativity. I know the three girls got alot out of their work with you.

Vickie said...

How wonderful to teach a class like that. Of course they were very lucky to have such an enthusiastic and talented teacher! Thanks for stopping by and the kind words.

Kristina Lewis said...

What a wonderful thing to do! You inspire us at all ages!!

Natasha Burns said...

oh how wonderful Kari! of course the mothers wanted you to teach them too!!!! i would have loved a class like this at school, it's great that these girls want to learn!

Babsarella said...

What a terrific experience for both you and the students!!! Sounds like you will be doing more classes!!!

Kel x said...

Such a privilege to be in a position to INSPIRE - and you live up to it!

Laume said...

That's how I feel when I teach young people how to quilt. It's like passing on a flame, keeping it alive. I feel like it's making a difference in their lives far beyond learning a new skill.