String and Ink Art With New American Pathways

On Thursday, June 14, we tried a new project with the incredible campers at New American Pathways. The wonderfully creative Paint Love artist Penny Treese lead kids in an exciting string and ink art project.

The day before the project, interns spent time experimenting with strategies and types of ink. We had a blast and couldn't wait to introduce it to the kids.

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We set up our project outside to avoid any pesky table stains. This allowed for all the space and messiness we needed for an engaging artistic adventure.

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The kids dipped long strings in cups of ink, then created shapes with the string on sheets of cardstock. Next, they folded the cardstock and pulled the string out of it, allowing it to spread the colorful ink and create a beautiful design.

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Some of the kids cut their papers into hearts or tried forming particular shapes with their string. It was a great chance for the kids to experiment and to be surprised by the outcome of what they made. The “oohs” and “ahhs” of delight as they revealed their creations were heartwarming. We can’t wait to keep working with New American Pathways campers and experiment with ink artwork even more in the future.

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