Yesterday, Kelly, along with her Girl Scout troop, put on an Art Expo for other troops in the area. There are four girls in her troop and they are working on their Silver Award. In order to meet the requirement for this award, they needed 50 service hours and to do a service project. They chose an Art & Learning Festival that was geared for Kindergarten through Fourth graders. The girls chose four different art medias to teach at their station. Katie did a marble painting activity, Kelly did an Impressionist painting, Kira did a tile coloring activity with Sharpies, and Kirstyn did a “free-art” activity with watercolors. The girls did two, two and half hour sessions yesterday, which took the entire day from start to clean-up. Parents were required to attend and help out all day. Okay…what this really meant, was that I was Kelly’s “gopher” for a day! ha~ I was in charge of filling and refilling paint, getting glue out, setting up her project after each group left, washing paintbrushes and cleaning up spills. It was a lot of work and we mom’s were truly exhausted by 4:00.
Let’s start with Kelly’s station. Kelly did a wonderful job presenting her project to the kids. She started out by showing a sample painting of Monet’s “Lily Pond”. A very popular and well known painting. She asked the girls if they recognized it, and surprisingly, many had said yes. Good start! She then explained that they were going to make their own Lily Pond and showed her example. Super cute. Kelly chose an age-appropriate project for them to do and they all loved it and told her it was fun. We were very impressed at how creative these kids were. Beautiful results!
Kira was at the station next to us. I thought her idea was so neat. She had a painting of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” out on the table. She previously cut up another of this painting into 5×7 photo’s and placed one photo at each of the spots on the table. Each child got a 3×3 tile and colored it with sharpies to match the picture in front of them. Once they were all colored, they placed the tiles together like a quilt, to recreate the painting. It was fun to see the little girls faces when they saw them all together. They’d say…”Ohhhh…cool!”
Katie’s station was a fan favorite…marble painting! Who doesn’t love to do this. She had the girls choose their colors and using a syringe, they “shot” the paint into their boxes, added the marbles, and they were off and rolling. I find marble painting a relaxing way to paint. I love the sound of the marbles bouncing around in the box and it looks so colorful! The girls seemed to share my enthusiasm for this type of art as well. I also like it because it requires no talent. ha!
The last station was Kirstyn’s. She did a “free art” table with watercolors. She had the girls paint with sponge brushes, which made nice thick lines or strokes on their paper with nice, vibrant colors. Everyone’s paintings were so unique and the girls could really get creative at this station.
After the scouts went through each station, it was time to gather in a circle for a couple of games and end with the Girl Scout Squeeze. Since Kelly is such an outgoing person, she lead these activities while her troop members intermixed with the girls and helped them with the games.
What a fun day all of these Girl Scouts had. Our older girls did a fabulous job and got many compliments from other adults watching and the troop leaders that stayed and watched. They worked hard and prepped for this day for months and it showed. I was very proud of Kelly today. I enjoyed watching her as a leader, teacher, and role model for these young girls.