|Sock Doll "Self-Portrait in a Bikini and|
|Sock Doll "Wild Woman"|
I taught a 50-minute class on making sock doll puppets and another one on painting jeans and T-shirts. For some reason I assumed these girls could thread a needle, even one of those huge plastic needles with big eyes with yarn. Not so. Sometimes I questioned their ability to have an imagination but I have to give them credit for trying those 5 days. It was incredibly hot in the cafeteria of the middle school and they were doing something that they'd never done before and I probably hadn't explained it well. I did have lots of materials on hand, even extra socks. By the second day, I was not having any fun---it was pulling teeth and I felt like it was MY teeth. So the third day I brought my camera, took each girl's close-up picture of her face, hands and feet. Now this was fun. I printed out the images on my printer, having downsized the pictures so that the face was about an 1-1/2" and hands/feet to match. By Thursday they were cutting out their faces and making great pieces with dangling hands and feet and wild hair.
The jeans and T-shirt painting class went a little better but the clean-up took me longer than the 50-minute class. But they had a great time. Unfortunately I couldn't stay on Friday evening for the presentation of all the work in the lobby (went to my niece's wedding rehearsal dinner and wedding in Columbus OH---wouldn't have missed it!), so I didn't get to see all the parents oohing and aahing.