Sunday, August 31, 2014

Apples & Alpacas

Checking out the ducks and geese.
Ducks, geese, beehives, apples and alpacas! Yes, we did it all during our August 28 field trip to Apples & Alpacas in Mexico, Missouri. We saw several breeds of ducks and geese and learned some of the stories about how they came to reside at the farm. Next, we learned a little about bee keeping. Then it was on to apple picking! The kids were each allowed to pick apples to bring home. We then got to meet the alpacas and see some of the products made from alpaca fiber. The farm was lovely. A big thank you to Mrs. Binder for showing us around!

--by Evie M.

Picking Gala apples.

Meeting an alpaca.

Mrs. Binder explaining how her alpaca fiber becomes various products.

Family Picnic Time!

Last Sunday we celebrated JCSHG's third year of existence with our 3rd Annual Family Picnic. Twenty-nine of our members, representing seven families, enjoyed a beautiful, though plenty warm, afternoon of good food and fellowship at Niekamp Park in St. Martins. The kids enjoyed playing with hula hoops and participating in a water relay race. Much water was dumped on each other to help stay cool and at least one adult got in on the fun. We look forward to next year's picnic!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guest Artist Brings Pastels to Life

Garry instructs student on adding highlights to make the apple look three-dimensional.

August's Art Club brought us a special treat. Guest artist Garry McMichael travelled from St. Louis to show us how to paint with pastels on Aug. 21. Students began by creating a color wheel to help them understand how to blend the colors. Next, each student picked out a banana and one other piece of fruit (apple, pear, or orange). They learned that by using shading techniques with different colors their pictures can look three-dimensional. Everyone had a great time and we wish he could join us for every Art Club. Thank you, Garry!

--by Evie M.

Student works on blending the pastels.

Another student works on her piece.

Our students with their artwork.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lines, lines, lines . . .

Art Club met on July 24 to learn about one of the elements of art--line.  Members did four projects using different kinds of lines. The most fun was had with the pieces of paper that already had a couple of different kinds of lines drawn on them and the kids had to make a picture out of what was already on the paper.  It was great to see what different imaginations did with the same set of lines.

--by Evie M.

Members working on their projects.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Salute to America

Walking the route.
JCSHG made its first parade appearance at the Salute to America parade in Jefferson City, Mo., on July 3. Twenty-three members, representing five families, walked the parade route and handed out candy. The kids really seemed to enjoy themselves and we plan to do it again next year. Thanks to all who participated this year!

--photos by Evie M.

Passing out candy.

Check out all those JCSHG shirts!

Our parade walkers.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Nature Art at the Park

Work in progress.

The JCSHG Art Club met at the park on Thursday to learn about and explore nature art. Members began by discussing what nature art meant to each of them. Some examples of nature art they shared were creating beautiful sketches, paintings, and sculptures inspired by art and making art with objects found in nature. Then they had the chance to create some nature art themselves.
Hammering a print.
There were several stations set up around the park to explore. At one station they made “real” leaf prints by placing leaves found at the park on paper then putting a paper towel over the lead and hitting it (gently or not) with a hammer to get a print. Many of the children experimented with leaves, clover, and other plants. At another station, sketch paper, charcoal, colored chalks, and pencils were provided for nature-inspired drawings. The favorite station of the day, however, was the painting and collage table. There were several paints for the kids to use to make prints with natural materials and glue to make collages. Some of them even painted rocks and arranged them in the rock area to create lovely temporary art.
Nature drawing.
At the end of the meeting the members shared their art with their friends then discussed ideas for future Art Club meetings. Everyone is looking forward to future Art Club meetings to learn about and create new art.
Temporary art: A flower.

Creative juices flowing.
--by Billie S.
--photos by Evie M.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Introducing Art Club!

Some of the string art our kids created.

Art Club is off and running. We had our first meeting on May 22 where we learned a little history about string art and then we made our own. Any member of JCSHG can join Art Club. We have some fun projects set up for the next four meetings including nature art, learning about line, fun with pastels, and anime art. Come find your creative side!

--by Evie M.
--photos by Penni C.

Getting ready to begin.

Finished artwork.