Monday, July 16, 2012

Collage Workshop at MVPL

During the fourth collage workshop at the Mount Vernon Public Library I read Mark Reibstein's Wabi Sabi to the children before they started collaging. Wabi Sabi is a children's story about a Japanese cat named Wabi Sabi, who goes on a journey to find the meaning of his name. After I read the story out loud to the children I asked them if they knew the meaning of their name. Some children nodded their head yes, while others were not so sure. The book peaked their curiosity though and made them want to find out the meaning of their name. The children's name was the central focus of this collage workshop. From a big pile of alphabet stencils children found the letters that spelled their name. I taught the children how to trace the letters by holding down the stencil with one hand, while the other hand went around the edges of the letter with a pencil. Children collaged around the letters and inside the letters using felt, colored tissue paper, plastic shapes, and yarn. Some children used yarn to outline the letters in their name. I saw a wide variety of collages. Every name collage was different just like the children.