I was compensated by Duck Brand Products for this post. All opinions and statements are completely my own.
Middle school can be a cold and lonely place.
Everything is changing.
Friends are growing up and moving on and the lunch room is full of pitfalls you have to navigate while holding a tray full of wheat crust pizza and the homework stacks up faster than you can finish it and you may or may not have discovered that boys are cute.
And the emotions.
The roller coaster has officially left the building.
The other day I walked into a room to find two middle schoolers bent intently over a sketch book drawing and outlining and doodling and creating.
I paused and stopped to watch.
It was a thing of wonder.
The colored pencils danced and hovered and dipped and literally flew across the paper.
“What are you drawing?” I asked out of curiosity.
One of the twins paused and blinked, put down her pencil and looked up at me in surprise.
As if the answer was obvious.
As if it was a question that didn’t even need to be asked.
“It’s our feelings, mom,” she said. “We’re drawing our feelings,” she added with another blink and returned to sketching.
At last I understood.
All those emotions needed a home.
They needed a safe place to be recorded with colored pencils and saved and tucked away. Through the storms and roller coasters and ups and downs of friendship and boys and homework, those incredible middle schoolers of mine had discovered how to work it all out….
….and let all those blank pages do the talking.
Maybe that’s why I believe in art and art classes in middle school so strongly.
And it’s why we create at home.
Why we tape and color and draw and scrapbook and glue and draw…,
….and then start all over again.
It’s why there are tiny scraps of paper everywhere and glitter on the table and hearts drawn on sticky notes decorating the hall.
And why there’s a project around every corner.
But what about the others?
What about the kids who don’t have a mom who writes a blog and happens to have a master’s degree in Pinterest and loves a blank canvas better than chocolate brownies?
Who would be their voice?
Who would speak up for them and find a way to bring art back to the classroom?
I’m honored to be part of the movement to bring back art education for every one. So proud to be part of PS Arts 2015 and an ambassador for Duck Tape Brand. This incredible event was hosted in partnership with Cindy Ambuehl from The Agency to bring awareness to art education and to enrich and improve the lives of children through art education.
This event helps to remind the artist in all of us….that creating is everything.
That it’s music to the soul and life and hope to those in challenging circumstances.
And that sometimes art is found in the emotions….
…..tucked away in the pages of a sketch book. 🙂
And now….here’s an easy Thanksgiving project for the artist in all of us.
DIY Leaf Duck Tape Table Runner
leaf pattern to trace
Apply strips of duck tape to freezer paper.
We used two rolls of duck tape to make this runner.
Have you seen the new patterns of Duck Tape?
Flip freezer paper over and trace the leaves onto the back of the paper.
It will be a little wrinkly.
All the wrinkles will disappear when you peel it off.
Cut out the leaves out of Duck Tape.
Lots of giggling is necessary when cutting out leaves.
Cut a strip of craft paper to use as your base.
We cut ours about 12 inches wide.
Perfect size for our table.
Don’t worry if it’s not exactly straight. Your leaves will cover up all the un-straightness.
Peel the freezer paper backing off of the leaves.
Then stick them onto the craft paper in a random pattern.
Enjoy the art.
Here’s the finished project in all it’s glory.
Brought to you by art and creating.
Extra giggles included. 🙂