Ellen Gadberry

Paper making at Clarkston Community Center

We joined the summer program at Clarkston Community Center again with Ellen Gadberry leading a paper making workshop. Ellen is a master of engaging kids- she read stories and then moved outside and had the kids use scraps of colorful construction paper to create their own handmade paper circles.


Using blenders (which turned into a group activity in and of itself!), they blended scrap paper and used home made tools of cut yogurt cups and screens in frames to press the paper pulp into shape. Then, she taught the kids how to carefully tear and fold circles of already dry paper into perfect little roses. 



Colors and our Emotions with Ellen Gadberry

This is a special guest post by Paint Love Summer Intern & GSU student, Victoria Allen.

The continuation of our summer art workshop with Camp PEACE was filled with bright minds, smiles and art work! We are so thankful for the extensive support of our Georgia State University volunteers. On June 17th, we met with our art instructor Ellen Gadberry and eager GSU volunteers to prep for the workshop.

We discovered the beauty and simplicity in the art project. Magazines, scissors, glue and construction paper were the only supplies we needed. Shortly after the students got settled, we dove into a collective discussion about how the colors of the rainbow can be related to emotions. We talked about complementary colors and described that the artwork should display two colors working as complements for each other, even if considered "opposites." Following the discussions, students and volunteers laughed, played and created marvelous pieces.

Art is more than eye candy, but rather a meeting place for various people of all ages to come together and express themselves.

Similar to the previous workshop with Camp PEACE, students took home more than personal artwork, we look forward to the next event!