Arts & Crafts

WES students enjoy paper mache!

WES students enjoy paper mache!

ADVENTURES IN ART

Grades 2-3   Class maximum: 6
If you love to draw, paint, color, cut and paste, this is the course for you! But this isn’t your everyday coloring with crayons and markers. You’ll work with watercolors and acrylic paints, make collages, learn drawing skills and play games with color. Have fun and let your creativity go wild!

ART EXPLORATION

Grades 4-5   Class maximum: 8
You already know that art is different all over the world, but here’s your chance to learn about some different cultures while you try your hand at a variety of art forms. Your explorations will include making African tribal masks, Native American corn dolls and dream catchers, Chinese fans and dragon streamers, Japanese origami, Hawaiian leis, Australian didgeridoos and Mexican god’s eyes.

ART FROM EVERYWHERE

Grades 2-3   Class maximum: 8
Chinese Lanterns! Egyptian Mummies! African Masks! Mexican Pottery! Take a trip around the world without ever leaving home and try out some very different art projects that will really tap into your creative talents.

ARTISTIC IMPRESSIONS

Grades 4-6   Class maximum: 10
If you love to paint, draw and create all kinds of art, here’s a chance to explore your talent in some different ways. Use a variety of materials like chalk and charcoal, sculpey clay and acrylic paints to develop your skills and creativity. We’ll plan a field trip to a local museum as well, guided by the interests of the class.

BEGINNING NEEDLEPOINT

Grades 4-6   Class maximum: 6
Even if you love to work with your hands, you might not have tried this popular craft. You’ll learn a new stitch each week and will create a simple sampler that may inspire you to try more advanced designs. Have fun experimenting with different colors and patterns. Mrs. Engel has loved needlepoint since she was a child and wants kids to know it’s not boring! Mrs. Swoap is a former 3rd grade teacher.

BEST BUDS

Grades 3-4   Class maximum: 8
Are you and your friends inseparable? Show them the strength of the bond by making them a friendship bracelet to decorate their arm. In this class we’ll have tons of fun learning how to make friendship bracelets, beaded ornaments, and other projects.

CREATIVE FUN WITH MATH, ART AND DESIGN

Grades 2-4   Class maximum: 10
Explore the fun, practical and creative possibilities of combining art, math and design. Projects might include creating “math art” with string and cardboard, designing and making a house with cookies and candy, building bridges with Popsicle sticks, and more. You may also take an occasional outing to observe mathematical patterns in nature.

FUN WITH PHOTOGRAPHY

Grades 3-4   Class maximum: 8
Here’s an unusual opportunity for you to explore the world around you by taking pictures of it. You’ll learn how to take an interesting photograph, whether the subject is people (including yourself!), objects in nature, or some of your favorite things. You’ll create a journal of your photographs that will include writing about them and about yourself. There will be “homework” for this course — taking pictures some weeks for your next class.

THE GIFT OF WEAVING

Grades 4-5   Class maximum: 8
Do you like presents? Do you like making your own presents? Learn how to use colorful string and yarn to make beautiful decorations and/or gifts. After learning some basic weaving techniques, you’ll be able to surprise friends and family with Mexican God’s eyes, tapestries, and friendship bracelets.

GILT TRIP – THE ART OF GILDING

Grades 5-6   Class maximum: 6
Gilding is an ancient art form that requires patience, concentration and real gold! In this class you’ll learn lots of interesting information about metals, art and this unusual skill. You’ll create your own picture frame or other project to take home. Mr. Glover is an art conservationist at the Williamstown Conservation Center.

MAKE A MODERN MASTERPIECE

Grades 5-6   Class maximum: 10
If you love making art, this is the class for you. You’ll have plenty of time each week to explore different techniques, including pointillism, collage, and abstract art, as well as working in styles from Latin America and Australia. Using many kinds of materials, you’ll be able to give your creativity full rein.

MAKE A MURAL

Grades 2-3   Class maximum: 10
If you love painting, this is the class for you, because murals are really big paintings! You’ll work together to create the inside of a house, paint a night sky, make a 3D collage of a tidal pool and other great projects, all on a grand scale. Make sure you have a smock, the bigger the better! Irena and Kimberly painted murals at their high schools and love art.

MAKE IT YOURSELF

Grades 3-4   Class maximum: 10
Explore your creativity in this arts and crafts course. We will do a new project each week and students will have a chance to display their work at the end. Projects include snowflake mobiles, beads and jewelry making, sock puppets, and dream catchers.

MAKING MASTERPIECES WITH MOZART AND PICASSO

Grades 4-5   Class maximum: 8
You’ve studied music, you’ve studied painting, but here’s a chance to combine these art forms and learn about their intertwined history. In each class, you’ll look at works of art and listen to music from different cultures and periods of history and then create your own masterpieces. There will probably be a field trip to the Clark or Williams College Museum of Art. A great way to expand your creative horizons!

MAKING MOBILES

Grades 3-5   Class maximum: 8
Everyone loves mobiles, and in this class you’ll combine an amazing variety of materials to create wonderful mobiles of all different shapes and sizes. Your imagination is the only limit! Veronica is returning to AIL for her second year; both she and Susan love arts and crafts and working with kids.

ORIGINAL ORIGAMI

Grades 4-5   Class maximum: 6
Students will learn the basic folds and figures of origami, and gain an appreciation of the history, beauty, and versatility of this ancient art. Students will construct their own original origami projects and figures.

PATCHWORK QUILT

Grades 4-6   Class maximum: 8
A repeat of last year’s very popular course! Learn the basics of quilting and work together to make a baby quilt to be donated to Bay State Hospital. Due to intense interest in this course, only students who haven’t taken it will be considered. Students are welcome to bring an adult with them to help out and learn along with them. Mrs. Lenhoff is an experienced quilter and a great teacher.

PUPPETS, PUPPETS, PUPPETS!

Grades 3-4   Class maximum: 8
Puppets are fun to watch, fun to make and fun to play with — you’ll get a chance to do all three in this class. You’ll use many different materials to create several types of puppets and background screens and the class will work together to create a performance with them. Maya and Susan have made many puppets themselves and love to work with children.

UNIQUE ART

Grades 2-3   Class maximum: 10
Art is fun, and in this class you’ll really have a great time working with lots of unusual materials like cut-up magazines and colorful tiles for collages and mosaics. You’ll sculpt with art dough and newspaper “moosh,” make art with food, and use found objects from home and around the schoolyard to make fascinating projects. Wear clothes that can get a little messy (maybe a lot!)

UNIQUELY YOU

Grades 2-4   Class maximum: 10
If you love pictures and stories, this course is for you. You’ll work with different materials to create a scrapbook full of your favorite things — drawings, poems, collages, — anything you want! Write a story starring you and your friends, create a funky self-portrait, add favorite photos from home (and take some in class), copy a poem you love or write your own — the possibilities are endless!

WEAVE IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

Grades 3-6   Class maximum: 12
Weavettes are nifty little looms that were popular with kids years ago. You’ll learn how to use these these hand-held looms to weave squares in different patterns. Then we’ll sew the squares together to create scarves, pouches — all sorts of projects. Work at your own pace — this class is open to experienced and brand-new weavers. There will be one field trip to Mrs. Conforti’s house to try out her five other looms. Once you get started, you won’t want to stop!