Honey Creek Art

Wow! It’s almost summer! It has been so much fun teaching art at Honey Creek since December. Here is what we have been doing……

After looking at Anish Kapoor’s Millennium Park sculpture, Cloud Gate, better known as ‘The Bean’, K-1’s created unique collages and/or mini-sculptures using foil and photos of clouds. Each student came up with a new way to incorporate a variety of materials inspired by the art of Kapoor.

I am so proud of the animal drawings made by 2-3 students. They are all fabulous! Each student had an animal assigned to them by their classroom teachers. We learned about drawing with basic shapes and also how to create a border around the paper by measuring it out with a ruler. The final drawings are apart of their animal books for a classroom assignment.

Puppetry is the theme in our 4-5 art classes this month. Each student made an awesome puppet head constructed out of Model Magic and a styrofoam ball. The puppets really took on a personality once they were painted and decked out with some funky details. Model Magic is an easy and mess free air dry product that the kids love. You can get it this summer most anywhere including Meijer’s, Target, Michaels and Joann’s. Here is Melanie’s adorable puppet:

Melanie's Puppet Head

Honey Creek 6th-7th-8th grade students had the opportunity to work with Terracotta clay just this past week. We used Amaco Natural Air Dry Clay to make a variety of sculptures. Students were free to explore and make whatever they wanted from the clay so we have everything from adorable animal creatures, to pottery, to a face mask made from clay! You can get Amaco Clay at Joann’s or Craftsmart brand at Michaels.

Middle School Elective has been the messy art class by far but definitely a lot of fun! Students in Book Arts got the chance to experiment with screen printing! They used fabric ink to print from stencils they drew and cut out of paper.  The process was a bit labor intensive but the results were amazing! Check out Aoife’s cool Nike print here:


Looking for fun this summer to keep your kid’s creative juices flowing? Here are some links to places that may be of interest to you and your family:


Fly Children’s Art Center: Summer Camps, weekend and evening activities

Ypsilanti Youth Theatre:  Evening Theatre workshops and performances

First Fridays Ypsilanti: Local art walks and family fun each month.

Make Art Studio: Art making, dance and more

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Art Center: Camps, classes and gallery shows

Townie Art Fair: Kids (and adults) selling their own art!

UMMA: U of M’s Fine Arts Gallery. Cool things to see with the family

Near and Far

Chelsea Art Festivals Chalk Art Event: Sidewalk Chalk drawing competition

Detroit Institute of Art Inside/Out event: reproductions from the museum placed outside all over the community!

Flint Institute of Arts: Cool art museum. Family friendly events.

Toledo Museum of Art: Excellent collection of art, kid friendly environment.

Well there is lots more I am sure. Have a great summer. MAKE SOMETHING!



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