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We’re in our final stages of Halloween programming here at TV. Our big “Spook-tacular” is live this Friday. I just was asked yesterday to be in that show, so you're getting a double dose of me this week (Wednesday's show will air the octopus costume). The look of the set Friday will be very handmade feeling, and trust me, it is. We’ve been working around the clock making paper look like anything but paper. I hope it will impress and inspire you all at home. After the show airs we’re planning to post some behind the scenes pics too, so be sure to tune-in and log-on October 30th.

So the other week I was able to step out for a bit and teach a Halloween craft project to my cousin Ronnie’s 4th graders again. Just in case you missed my past post about her students, they all attend P.S. 20 here in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. And since it is a New York public school, they don’t have really any budget for art materials. This is Ronnie's last year with these guys before they go off to middle school, so emotions I imagine will run high come spring.

The project this time was decorating masks. Which is similar in theme to the craft I'll be demonstrating on the show Friday, but rest assured, they're completely different. So I brought with me to the school a big bag full of felt scraps, ribbon bits, and miscellaneous pom-poms. We first talked about why people wear masks, what they’re hiding, or who they’re pretending to be. I suggested how they could exaggerate certain facial feature to make them look either scary or funny. Last, I encouraged them to use a narrow range of color and to build up texture with repeated shapes. Then we dove into it for about an hour. By the end no two were alike. I think it went really really well.  Take a look.

The students picked out pom-poms that were passed around in a big bin.

The students picked out pom-poms that were passed around in a big bin.

Kevin patiently fringed his entire mask with black triangles.

Kevin patiently fringed his entire mask with black triangles.

Jose and Fahmid

Jose and Fahmid

Dominick and Yasmine

Dominick and Yasmine

Christian made one for his sister. The eyebrows on Joseph's mask cracks me up.

Christian made one for his sister. The eyebrows on Joseph's mask cracks me up.

Noeli and Patricia

Noeli and Patricia

Nicolle and Abagail

Nicolle and Abagail

Rupi and Naimah

Rupi and Naimah

Wesley and David

Wesley and David

Kevin and Edwin

Kevin and Edwin

A birds eye view of all the masks together.

A birds eye view of all the masks together.

Comments (5)

  • What great masks! I love the creativity of children. The eyebrows are perfect.

  • Really fantastic. They all look so proud of their creations, as well they should be. Well done!

  • Looks like a good time was had by all. I particularly like that the one boy chose to make one for his sister. I'm sure she was thrilled when he brought it home to her. Great school crafting idea.

  • That looks like lots of fun!

  • Aaron....charmed by the pics...wish I had seen the show...

    Kathy Dillon, Chris's sister...

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