What’s new for this summer? A LOT!

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I’m proud to announce that FLOOF Collage pARTy! has just been added to the Inclusive Recreation Database for full wheelchair accessibility. Please see my listing here: https://search.inclusiverec.org/…

I will be traveling down South at the end of the summer and plan to take my 1, 2 and 3-oz. InspirArt EcoFun paks with me to sell wholesale at the Campground Stores where we will be camping. I just bought an adorable little suitcase on wheels so I can cart the paks with me to festivals, too. Who wouldn’t want such awesome supplies for their kids to make fun stuff on a rainy day?

Later this summer I will be providing a crafts table at a wedding at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market to keep the kids busy while their parents dance the night away. I’m so excited about the opportunity, as it will be a first for me.

While June is a busy travel month for me, I will be home all of July and August for art-making. I don’t plan on doing a week-long camp this year like I did last year, but I welcome parties and small groups or individuals to make art with me.

 

Photos by request

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Photos by request

This winter I have begun to sell what I used to call “Take-Home Paks” in two local children’s/baby stores in downtown Ithaca – Jillian’s Drawers and Cat’s Pajamas. They have been renamed “InspirArt EcoFun” to emphasize that 80% of the materials are repurposed/upcycled/found objects. Each pack contains either mixed-media art-making materials, or vintage, decorative, handmade and specialty papers. The packs can be purchased in 1 oz., 2 oz. or 3 oz. sizes.

In talking with the local college bookstores about marketing InspirArt EcoFun Paks there, we discussed the fact that Facebook is fading out with younger readers in favor of SnapChat, Instagram and blogs. So I am going to jump on the bandwagon by answering a request for more photos of completed FCp! projects here.

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Gluing collage

FCp! is now a member of ithaca$h.

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FCp! is now a member of ithaca$h.

 

There is an exciting alternative economy burgeoning in Ithaca, and I am proud to be a part of it. FLOOF Collage pARTy! has just joined ithaca$h.

I will be accepting 50% ithaca$h for all parties in my studio, and for all small group or individual sessions. If I come to your venue, (FLOOF-on-the-GO), you can pay with 25% ithaca$h. For Gift Certificates and Take-Home Paks of art-making materials, 100% can be paid with ithaca$h.. For more information about how ithaca$h. works, see: https://ithacash.com/

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

Wow! I can’t believe what a crazy busy time it was this Fall. Now that the holidays are over, I suddenly realized that I haven’t posted in 4 months! Yikes.

With 7 grandkids ranging in age from 9 mo. to 26 years, scattered all over the country, from MD to WI, and 6 kids from East to West, it’s enough to keep up with my non-artistic life! There were months in the summer when I ate brunch in the car every day, didn’t read the newspaper at all, and didn’t even sit down once until 9 pm, when I collapsed in front of the TV, unable to even think enough to do anything mindful.

On the art front, I ran art-making workshops at several birthday parties, both at my studio and at other people’s homes. I had a solo photography show at a local gift shop (Sunny Days of Ithaca), and did many other FLOOF-on-the-GO activities at local schools and day-care centers, some for as many as 40 kids at once. Whew!

FCp! has adopted a new motto: “Art comes from the Heart”. My way of letting the kids know that they don’t have to please anyone else but themselves, and that the process is often as important as the product in our No-Judgement Zone.

I even ran a full-day Art/Nature camp for a week in the summer at FCp!, and once more during President’s Weekend. I had kids from ages 3-12, doing yoga, trampolining, and playing on my gymnastic equipment and in my treehouse. We did nature exploration among the 150 year old oaks, with the wildlife, creek and plants in my backyard. My many riding toys for all ages, my horseshoe pits, climbing wall and 3 levels of basketball hoops kept the kids busy. We were fortunate to have great weather.

It is rare that someone asks for something that I don’t have in my studio. As far as tools are concerned, if it’s not in FCp!, it’s probably in my garage workshop. My shop is getting so full of art supplies and materials that I am brainstorming how to market my Take-Home-Paks at other local venues that cater to children’s creativity. It’s a constant process of reorganization to make things accessible to the littlest kids when I am bursting at the seams.

I’m looking forward to winter activities. Plans are in the works for FLOOF-on-the-GO to visit a secure facility for teen boys at risk, and to hold a print-making workshop with a guest artist. We’ve had a very mild season so far, so we’ll see what nature has in store.

Artfully yours,

Corinne

 

 

 

 

 

FCp! goes to Camp!

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By request, FCp! has started a one-week full-time Art/Nature Camp, for ages 3-12. Today was Day One, and what a time we had!

We have been very lucky to get a dry, sunny week, which has given us a lot of flexibility in our choice of activities.

Today’s schedule included: Get Acquainted Time
Vehicle Play (everything from scooters, to skateboards, to Plasma Cars, to bikes, to bins on wheels, to riding on a garden wagon, to scoot-along cars, to tricycles)
Basketball (mini, midi and regular size)
Badminton
Sand Play
Water Play (sprinkler and water table)
Trampolining (a favorite theme)
Up the treehouse and down the giant slide
Nature Observation (spiders and webs, mostly)
Collage projects
Rock cairns
Bowling with blocks

And of course, snack and lunch. All activities took place in the great outdoors.

Our art projects included: 3 necklaces (one beaded on embroidery thread, and two blingy rapper chains)
Paper and wooden airplane
Spiral glitter mandala
A swing and environment for a hamster
2 collages
More tomorrow!
My apologies for having been such a negligent blogger. My son just got married, so that planning has occupied much of my year.

See for photos.

Toddler Art Surprises

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The other day I taught a toddler art class to 11 two-year olds in a local children’s store’s community room. We spread a dropcloth over the rug, and the Moms sat with their tots for help when needed.

The project was called Shredded Paper Collage. I provided multiple colors of construction paper to choose from and Elmer’s Glue in tiny little cups with tiny little brushes. The collage materials were laid out in a silverware organizer by color – 1″ squares of painter’s samples, 1″ squares of tissue paper, long packing shreds, and short paper shreds straight from my office shredder. There were also 2″ strips of construction paper available.

Every child was given a paper plate on which to collect their choices of colored shreds, and a home-made Glue Press (a giant wine cork). The purpose of the press was to assist with flattening, smooshing, or attaching shreds, and was especially designed for those who don’t like to get glue on their hands.

The sensory aspect of this project was amusing to watch – some children loved having sticky hands and played with the glue blobs on their fingers. Some wanted the glue wiped off immediately with the wet paper towel I provided for each family. A few of the kids wanted nothing more than to paint the glue all over their paper and couldn’t have cared less about the paper shreds, and some were oblivous to the glue altogether and just wanted to mess around with the papers, pulling them apart like yoyos, tearing them, or making them rain down onto the floor

All in all, a great time was had by teachers, Moms and kids alike. Looking forward to the Finger Puppet Project that is next in line. .

What I’ve learned

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Yikes! I knew it had been a long time since I posted here on WordPress.com, but I didn’t realize it had been 2 months! That just proves how busy FLOOF Collage pARTy! has kept me, in my home-based art studio, and with FLOOF-on-the-GO.

It’s taken 4 years, but it appears that folks are finally finding out that I exist! In the last 2 months, I have been at 2 schools for after-school or vacation day enrichment programs, have been approached by two more, and by the local counseling service.

A big holiday party with FLOOF-on-the-GO is coming up soon. Today I used the clean-up after a birthday party for 12 seven-year-olds to accumulate my supplies for the next Collage pARTy! That made choosing the found objects and recycled materials easy – whatever the kids left on the floor or in their baskets after their projects were finished went right into the Holiday Party Bucket.

I love observing how kids make choices in deciding the “what” and “how” of their projects. At the party today, there was the usual variety of types of child artist: The careful, thoughtful builder, the hunter/gatherer who is mostly interested in accumulating objects to take home rather than constructing anything, and the speed demon, who finishes quickly and with no concern for logical positioning. Of course, kids fall in all kinds of areas on the spectrum among those extremes.

It is fascinating to me to watch the creative process evolve. I love listening to the children freely express themselves with art materials without worrying about making a mess, or being quiet, Sometimes I wish I had a recorder to capture what they say as they are assembling their work. The spirit of cooperation is evident as kids bounce ideas off each other and share materials, or make suggestions when someone is struggling with a concept or its execution.

One pair of girls are in the same class, and worked collaborately to make one single sculpture on fiberboard. They talked about how they were going to share it, because they had never been to each other’s home. I think a new playdate arose out of their combined work, as they spoke of bringing it from one home to another for a month or two. We’ll see what happens, because one of the girls said “My Mom thinks we already have too much art”.  That made me laugh, as they are only seven!

Photos will be posted on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/floofcollageparty.