Create Your Own Animutants (An Introduction to Found Object Art)


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Use lots of different materials and art techniques to create fun art projects with Ms. Elaine!

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ANIMUTANTS are back!! This highly popular pre-Covid class is ready and waiting for young artists grades 1-5 to once again join in the fun. Each week students will be given a “surprise” plastic animal, along with a vast assortment of found objects “treasure” (game pieces, tubing, straws, fabric etc.) When imagination and creative opportunity combine magic happens, in the form of a unique creature known as an “Animutant”. Students will also design and construct habitats for their creatures by bringing to life the fantasy lands of “Animutania”.

Please note students will be using hot glue guns specifically designed to be kid friendly and safe.

Instructor: Elaine D Woodhouse, Cert.Ed, CQSW

Elaine Woodhouse Cert. Ed., CQSW. Found Object Artist, Visual Arts teacher, and Artist in Residence with over 30 years teaching experience.
Her teaching style and philosophy favors process rather than product driven activities. She aims to encourage creative confidence and intelligence through experimentation, individuality, risk-taking and problem-solving.

Day of Week: Mondays

Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Dates of classes: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11 – 10 classes

Location: Room 208 Grades: 1-5

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Elaine_Woodhouse_300Originally from England, Elaine trained in Early Childhood Education, and Fine and Applied Art, before moving to the United States in 1982. Since then she has acquired over 20 years of teaching experience, including several years in the Head Start Program. The majority of her experience however has been providing after school art enrichment classes at Seattle Public Schools.

She has also been retained as an Artist in Residence,

Elaine’s interest in folk art led to authoring a book on metal repujado, and several television appearances. She is responsible for developing and popularizing metal embossing techniques and products in the crafting industry.

Elaine has also received certification as a social worker, specializing in child care. Most recently she completed training as a sign language interpreter.

“Traditionally, folk art was created by people who did not even have a word for art in their culture. Art was simply what people did. It was a part of being human. My classes foster this philosophy in a contemporary setting. Folk art often has a practical purpose or meets a specific need. Many of my classes utilize found objects and recycling, reflecting our society’s need to conserve and repurpose”

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