Friday was the annual Etsy Craft Party in Dumbo, Brooklyn under the Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza. The event was from 5-8:30 but arriving at 4:40 was an advantage in taking photographs and getting started on the craft of the night: embroidering vintage images. The Etsy staff was incredibly friendly, welcoming me in as one of the first guests and teaching me how to use the needles to stitch. Here are some photos from my quick 45 minute stop-by!
After only sitting for 10 minutes, the seats quickly filled from babies to children to gatherings of friends and couples.
One of my favorite parts of teaching is the ability to help mold the children into people who believe they can do anything they set their minds to. With this year’s group of children, art became a huge part of the learning process because they went from hating to color and drawing, to focusing on every little detail and enjoying the process of their creations. Thanks to my principal’s encouragement in making self-portraits, I was able to embed the artwork into my curriculum.
One of my students brought back all his work to the classroom last week, so I asked him if I can take pictures. Here are 6 of the portraits we did this year, each focusing on a different use of medium or topic. He has grown so much!
September: crayon self-portrait with no lesson on coloring. I just asked them to draw a picture of their face and down to the shoulder.