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.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sock Hop!

The family dancin'.
This Sunday afternoon we had 11 of our families get together for a 1950s-style Sock Hop at the North Jefferson City Cedar City Room. The room was decorated with records, balloons, and streamers and our snack table had a "Malt Shop" sign above it.

JCSHG Malt Shop.
Kids and grownups danced to a variety of 50s-inspired music. Several wore poodle skirts and other attire reminiscent of that time period.

The Chicken Dance.
They did the Chicken Dance. The kids played Musical Chairs. And all the kids got to participate in the Cake Walk--taking home all sorts of sweet treats.

Musical Chairs.
We look forward to doing another Family Dance in the future!
Dancing with Grandma.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Weapons, Fingerprints, and Patrol Dogs


Our March field trip took us to the Missouri State Highway Patrol headquarters last Wednesday. Ten of our families gathered for a tour of the museum and a viewing of a Bill Nye video about seat belt safety. We viewed lots of interesting artifacts, including old patrol cars, uniforms, and weapons. We learned about the capture of Bonnie and Clyde. We got to scan our fingerprints into a computer to learn about fingerprinting. Some of our kids used a computer to go through a driver safety course while others learned about railroad crossing safety. Each family was given a bag to take home with coloring books, pedestrian safety games, bicycle safety info, and a flyer with tips for kids for being safe and handling emergencies.

--by Evie M.

Checking out historical weapons.

Driver safety course.

Patrol dog.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Come wine and dine with us!

On Tuesday, April 1, we will have a fundraiser at Colton's Steak House. The restaurant will generously donate a portion of that evening's sales to our group which we will use to fund a field trip to Kansas City this fall. Let's show our support. The fundraiser is from 4 till 8 p.m. We hope to see you and your friends and family there!