Girls Just Want to Have Fun Art and Social Club for Girls Fall Semester Ages 8-12
This club is to help us take our own art less seriously while gaining confidence in their abilities. Students will learn that growth/ability comes from repetition. By breaking complex art into simple shapes any student can be an artist.
Ms. Niki (Niki McNeil)
120 total reviews for this teacher
Once per week
over 12 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per class
How does a “Multi-Day” course work?
Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries
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Girls Just Want to Have Fun Art and Social Club for Girls Ages 8-12 Fall Semester This is a multi-day project based class, which means: - We will meet multiple times. - There are scheduled times that class is held, recordings will be available if a class is missed. Please note: Because children develop at different rates and a one size fits all approach is not always ideal, I offer this class in a variety of age ranges with overlap (ex. ages 6-10 and 8-12) allowing you to choose the ideal...
It is my hope that students will relate to each other through their art and realize that even though we are each unique, being different is ok, in fact being different is awesome! Students will learn to encourage each other through the struggles of the tween/teen years while growing as individuals. They will learn to express their feelings through line and color as well as other art techniques depending on the week attended.
Art and Creativity are what get me through the day. The joy that creating provides is something that should be shared and explored by all! I have been teaching this particular class for the last 5 years in person and am excited to bring it to the Outschool platform. To get an idea of the types of projects we'll be doing in this class check out my student portfolio: https://www.eclecticallymeniki.com/student-art-journaling-examples I have been teaching in one aspect or another all my life, from helping in Sunday School classrooms as a teen to teaching my own classrooms at 18. I was a lead teacher for a Preschool prior to having my own family. Once I had children, I was organizing local families into craft clubs and field trips. It was only natural that we chose to homeschool. When I struggled to find a curriculum that would work well with my very hands on son and my visual daughter, I set out to create my own. This curriculum is still on the market 18 years later and being used in homeschools and classrooms across the world. I believe all learning styles can be taught in the same space in most cases and you will find that 99% of my classes are project based for the reason. Putting the learning into the hands of the students helps retention and instills a love of learning. I teach for enjoyment and want my students to also enjoying the learning process, you will not find me teaching to a test or requesting memorization of facts. I will find fun and creative ways to get kids learning without them even realizing it most of them time. Some may call it arts and crafts, but I guarantee you your students will love it and they will learn and more importantly retain the information being taught. With 20 years of experience teaching my own children at home I am well versed in a multitude of subjects and ages but my passions lie with the Preschool – Elementary age groups and in the arts and sciences and now i share that passion and creativity with anyone willing to listen. I’ve been focused on teaching within the arts and life skills categories within my local homeschool community and am super excited to bring these classes to Outschool. I have seen so many students show growth and development in the 5-7 years they have been taking my class and can’t wait to share that with your students as well. I have always felt that art was important. I did not always know how to put it into words necessarily, but I realized early on that it always left me in a better mood than when I started. With our current “social distance” orders, my views on the need for a creative outlet have gone from thinking they are important to knowing they are ESSENTIAL. We need to create our own happiness and when at all possible share that joy with others. While we are all struggling to process our thoughts and fears, our kids are also struggling to put into words what they are feeling. ART CAN HELP. It can become a way to slowly work through thoughts and feelings. Sometimes a feeling is easier expressed in color or shape than in words. And art does not always have to be in the form of a painting or drawing, but a visual representation of what they’re learning. Check out my class listings to see how many different ways arts and crafts can really be learning.
If a student does not finish their project in class they will need to finish it outside of class. Each project should be posted within the classroom (if the student is comfortable sharing) and students are asked to choose one students work each week that spoke to them and leave at least a one sentence comment of encouragement for the creator.
- Any type of quality art paper or sketchbook, cardstock in a 3 ring binder/sheet protectors - Pencil and Eraser - Ruler - Markers, Gel Pens, and or colored pencils (I will be using all 3 depending on the project) - Black Fine Point Pen (.3-.8 nib size) or Extra Fine/Fine Tipped Sharpie - Some weeks may require printing out a template so access to a printer is helpful
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I do not give written grades, but I do give feedback when asked by the students in class. I stay positive while also offering constructive advice on how they could take their project to the next level. I will never tell a student they must do something a certain way, if they want a purple giraffe drawing, that is their creative vision and what they will get. But they will get feedback on the construction of their drawing, their composition of the piece and overall elements of art. My feedback is never negative, I have worked with too many young students over the years who have felt torn down or rejected by previous art teachers to the point they did not want to take another art class. Students will leave my class feeling empowered. Participation and completion of the project are used to assess the students learning and growth. No letter grades are assigned in this class.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Ms. Niki (Niki McNeil)
Create, Inspire, Repeat! We all have an inner artist, you just have to look sometimes.
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
120 total reviews
307 completed classes
About Me: Art and Creativity are what get me through the day. The joy that creating provides is something that should be shared and explored by all! I have been teaching in one aspect or another all my life, from helping in Sunday School...