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Our upcoming summer is going to feature some programs for kids at the farmers market. recyle art, can planters, seed art and who knows. What is your idea?

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Recycle wood art

Wooden scrap shapes were painted and arranged on a wooden board. This was a summer project for the Museum of Chicot County and Neverlands Inc.  Arts event. Neverlands offers free consulting to enhance your fund raiser, events and cultural history programs.

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Tooty Fruity

   The people of our fair village in Portland, Arkansas have all formed a city wide circle of friends and neighbors.

Our wonderful group is called the

Portland Downtown Beautification Project

Non-profit Neverlands Inc. Arts is planning some very unique, and wonderfilled  exciting programs for all of             the community.

Soon it will be picking time and with the start of the summer season we plan to bring an artist in to work with our area kids with a  hands on workshop to polish up their drawing skills.  How about some local farm and garden tools in works of cool  recycled art?  Let’s make some  Tooty Fruity projects to commenmerate our first Farmers Market event downtown. What can an old can become or a piece of fruit? Check back to see what our kids come up with.  In the meantime, you can be thinking of what dress will your orange be wearing?

   –  Mrs. Potato Head

Imagine What Creative Writing Slides

Free writing slides for your class to get the juices flowing.

Posing questions and spark the imagination. Starting with a power point slide show is very effective. The age group for these slides is K through 5th grade.

Oftentimes music will aid in the imaginative process as well. Chose something that is in kinship for the project. Fast and action packed for adventure stories, slow and dreamy for fairy tales. Writing to classical songs can also spur the student to dramatize in a cinematic style.

Each class seems to set on a beat that appeals to them. So you might want to play a couple of songs and let them choose what the stories will be about and add them into the finished on line book or oral reading in a production.

I have even taken instrumentals and wrote lyrics for them to sing. In our Portland Elementary School Spring musical, Whispering Spring,  I wrote lyrics to Secret Garden’s, Frozen in Time; which by the way I am honored to say they liked very much.    There is much more I can share with you or your students if you are interested in a United Imaginations Workshop, feel free to visit my website to see all the wonderful things we can create together or contact me at laurabotsford@yahoo.com      website: Laura Botsford AIE 

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Attracting Imagination

by Michael Cheval

Drawing in Imagination

The beginning surprise of directing classroom imagination is that it is very, almost always random.

On first onset, the marvelous direction of a young mind to be able to connect with a field of possibilities is as natural to them as breathing.  It takes little coaxing and only one to get the baton twirling. There are many points of interest to note as the process begins. So I am going to illustrate by recalling a class that was going to write and illustrate a storybook.

“Choose a super hero who is someone made up by you that no one has ever seen before in a comic book or action adventure?” I cheerfully say this with abandon, like I picked out the winning ticket from a hat. The student was quick to raise his hand. The light bulb was brightly shinning as he waved his hand back and forth. No one in the room was as vibrant as he and this is where one starts to generate the dialogue from.  Begin with the ones who have a fire lit. This inspires others to talk because it is a spontaneous spark that lifts the silence from the room and transforms it into a living vapor that all can draw from.

“Ok young man, what is your super hero?”

“A funny man who can make people laugh so hard that bad guys quit being mean. He can make people laugh so hard that they just fall down laughing.

“I love it! What could be his name?” I asked in an open air of whatever he decided would be the right name. The student fervently thought for a moment. I could see a list of names passing across his eyes as he systematically checked them off until he came to…”

“Hamtastic!”

I am gathering insights and tools for a book so please add comments to this blog and agree to me possibly using them in the book. Thanks for your interest.

I am starting a new section of this blog called, “The Heart of Art Matters” where I find inspiring and informative pieces on the importance of the arts in our daily lives. I welcome you to add your own ideas and comments. This is from Garrison Keillor’s wonderful book I received from my children for Christmas, “Good Poems for Hard Times.

“Our culture – Jazz especially, and movies – once united us, a point of pride, uniquely American, but school boards are slaughtering arts education on every hand programs are dead or dying that used to bus kids to hear an orchestra or see a play – children are cheated out of poetry and French and the cello-meanwhile, interscholastic football, the great passion of unhappy men, grows by leaps and bounds, and children are  conditioned for the passive life in which commercial trademarks become their insignia here in the United Corporations of America. You lie in a hotel bed at night, remote control in hand and surf a hundred channels of television, Weather, Golf, History, Shopping, Food, Disney, Rerun, Rerun 2 and 3, Cartoons, Movie, News, Fox News, and you can drift for hours among the flotsam and you will never see anything that shows that you are in Knoxville or Seattle or Santa Fe or Chicago and nobody will ever speak to you as straightforwardly and clearly as poetry does.

Announcing the Fund Raiser for our Downtown Beautification Project!!
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