CCACMakes Online!

Follow along with your favorite CCAC teachers as they present virtual versions of classes. Videos will be posted on the regularly-scheduled class day.

African Dance Around the World

Videos posted each Wednesday, March 18 – April 29

American Social Dance (April 29)

Line Dance (April 23)

South America (April 15)

Ghana, Ethiopia & Eritrea, South African, and Rwanda & Burundi (April 8)

Uganda & Rwanda (April 1)

India (March 25)

Africa (March 18)

CCACMakes: At Home Creations

Videos posted each Thursday, April 9 – May 28

Weaving (May 28)

Supplies:

  • Cardboard
  • Round objects
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Yarn
  • Ribbon
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Wool roving

Instructions

Make a loom!

  1. Find a round object in your home and trace the edges on the cardboard. Cut out the circle.
  2. Divide the circle into 8-10 even spaces. You can use a ruler if you’d like, but it doesn’t have to be perfect!
  3. Draw lines with the pencil across the circle so it looks like a bicycle wheel.
  4. Cut small notches around edges of the circle on the lines.
  5. Tape a piece of yarn to the back of your circle, near one of the notches.
  6. Run the yarn down one notch and across the circle, then catch the yarn on the opposite notch.
  7. Move one notch over (on the back side) and repeat the process until your yarn is over all of the lines you drew.
  8. Tape the end of the yarn to the back of the circle.

 

Start Weaving!

  1. Tie the color of yarn/fabric/ribbon you’d like to use for weaving to the center of the circle (around the yarn “spokes”)
  2. Begin weaving the yarn over and under to go around in the circle.
  3. You’ll have to “mess up on purpose” at one point- going in the same pattern on a circle with even parts will make your weave exactly the same every time, and the yarn won’t radiate out. So, choose a spot on the loom to go over twice or under twice so your weaving grows.
  4. If you want to add another color or material, tie the new piece to one of the old ones.
  5. Continue weaving until you’ve reached the edge. Finish off the project by either tucking the yarn in behind the weaving, or by taping it on the back.
  6. Try this with different shapes and sizes of blocks, and different yarns to see what you like best!

Yarn Prints (May 21)

Supplies needed:

  • Yarn
  • Blocks
  • Plates or trays for paint
  • Paint (washable or acrylic)
  • Paper to print on

Instructions

  1. Find some blocks around your house. They can be building blocks or a piece of scrap lumber.
  2. Take your yarn and wrap it once around the block, then make a knot so that the yarn stays on the block. A sticky glue dot or piece of tape would also help the yarn stay on the block.
  3. Wrap the yarn around until your block is covered with yarn, but still has some interesting spaces in it.
  4. Tie or tape the yarn in place to make sure your design stays!
  5. Put paint on a plate or tray. Dip your block into the paint, press it onto the paper, and see what patterns you can create!
  6. Try this with different shapes and sizes of blocks, and different yarns to see what you like best!

Trees (May 14)

Supplies needed:

  • Cardstock, tag board, or other thick paper
  • Pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • construction paper (and/or other fun paper pieces)
  • tape (optional)
  • Colored pencils or markers (optional)

Instructions

  1. Fold your paper in half hamburger style/landscape
  2. Draw a rectangle that touches the bottom of the paper and goes up just under halfway up the paper to make the trunk of the tree.
  3. Add two diagonal lines or a triangle at the bottom (must also touch the bottom) to make the tree’s roots.
  4. Add a long, thin triangle on top of one of the corners of the rectangle to make a big tree branch.
  5. Repeat on the other side.
  6. Add lots of smaller triangles to make more tree branches. Don’t make them too small, or they’ll be hard to cut out!
  7. Trace around all of the edges of your tree. This is an opportunity to make some of those lines curvy, or add some bumps to the tree.
  8. Erase all of the inner lines.
  9. While the paper is still folded, cut out the tree to make two tree trunks.
  10. If you would like to color the tree trunk, this is the time to do it. You’ll want to color each side of the two tree pieces.
  11. Next, draw a line coming from the middle of one tree trunk down that reaches about halfway down.
  12. On the other trunk, draw a line in the middle that goes halfway up.
  13. Cut on these lines, then slide the pieces together so that they stand up.
  14. To decorate the tree, add small pieces of construction paper to the ends to look like leaves or leaf buds.
  15. To make swirls of paper, use small strips. Tie the strips into a very loose knot by making a loop, putting one end of the strip through the loop, then gluing or taping them together.
  16. These swirls of paper can be placed over the branches of the tree to hold them on, or you can glue or tape them on.
  17. Add leaves and swirls until your tree is fully decorated!

Cardboard Sculpture Toys (May 7)

Supplies needed:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Round object to trace
Optional materials:
  • Colorful paper
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Markers

Instructions

  1. Cut the sides off of a cardboard box to create panels of cardboard
  2. Draw a circle, a rectangle, and a square on one the cardboard panels
  3. Cut these shapes out carefully
    • If you are going to decorate these shapes and make them colorful, this is the time! You can cut paper into designs, use patterns from magazines, or paint the cardboard to make it look more interesting! Be sure to let the glue or paint dry before heading to the next step.
  4. Cut some slots into the cardboard shape to allow them to join together.
    • Do this by making two small cuts close together, then bending back the little piece of cardboard a few times until it easily tears out.
    • We recommend putting 4 slots on each circle and square, and 6 on the rectangle, but you can make as many as you’d like!
  5. Put your pieces together by sliding the slots/notches of one piece into the other!
  6. Repeat as many times as you’d like until you have a set of fun shapes to build with!
    • You can even make these into animals by turning the circles or squares into heads (you can attach ears with paper), rectangles into the bodies, and adding smaller shapes for tails.

Finger Flowers (April 30)

Supplies needed:

  • paint
  • q-tips/cotton swabs
  • paint tray (or takeout container lid or plate)
  • green markers
  • white paper
  • paper towels to wipe off fingers
Optional materials to make a wreath:
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • x-acto knife or carpet knife (and a grownup)
  • green papers
  • glue

Instructions

To make a blue bonnet:

  1. Add blue, purple, and white paint onto your paint tray, takeout container, or plate.
  2. Draw a stem for the flower on the white paper with a green marker.
  3. Dip your finger into the blue paint, then add dots around and over the top of the stem you’ve drawn.
  4. Repeat until you have a shape similar to a popsicle.
  5. Dip into the purple paint and add a dots to create some variation and depth.
  6. Dip into the white paint and add dots to add some highlights.
  7. Optional: Add some leaves to your flowers!

To make poppies:

  1. Add red, yellow, white, and black to your paint tray, takeout container, or plate.
  2. Dip into the red paint with your thumb.
  3. Use your thumb to make five or six thumbprints in a circle, overlapping each a little.
  4. Add a black fingerprint into the middle, then a white one on top of that.
  5. Wipe off your thumb, and repeat with yellow paint.

To make hydrangeas:

  1. Add pink, purple, and white paint to your paint tray, takeout container, or plate.
  2. Dip into the pink or purple paint with your finger (or cotton swab).
  3. Create a circular shape with pink fingerprints.
  4. Dip into the purple paint and add a few dots to create some variation and depth.
  5. Dip into the white paint and make some dots to add some highlights.

To make a dandelion:

  1. Draw a curved stem on your paper with a green marker.
  2. Draw small, curved lines coming from the top of the stem, and thicker ones below the top of the stem.
  3. Add a few small, curved lines to one side of the stem, as if you were blowing the top of a dandelion puff away.
  4. Add a small dots of yellow to the top of the lines you drew.

To make a wreath:

  1. Let the flowers dry, then cut them out carefully, using scissors.
  2. Create a cardboard circle by tracing around a round object, then cutting it with scissors or a craft knife.
  3. Find a smaller circle and trace that in the center of the cardboard circle.
  4. Cut away the inner circle with a craft knife to reveal a wreath shape.
  5. Paint the cardboard wreath green (or another color! Get creative!)
  6. Cut green paper into leaf shapes.
  7. Glue leaves to your cardboard wreath.
  8. Add your painted and cut out flowers to the wreath.

We’d love to see your creation! Take a picture of your artwork and send to CCAC with your name. You can email it to classes@cliftonculturalarts.org or post it to our Facebook page.

Little Birdies (April 23)

Supplies needed:

  • cardboard or paperboard
  • scissors
  • glue
  • fabric scraps
  • paper scraps
  • pipe cleaners
  • marker(s)

Instructions

  1.  Using a marker, draw a teardrop shape on a piece of cardboard or paperboard from a box. Add a beak and maybe some extra “feathers” on the back of the bird.
  2. Use your scissors to cut out the bird shape
  3. Choose a piece of fabric or paper that you’d like to use for the background on the bird.
  4. Apply glue all over the bird, then add the paper or fabric.
  5. Cut off the excess fabric or paper by trimming around the bird shape.
  6. Choose a piece of fabric or paper for the bird’s wing. Cut a leaf shape as the basic shape, and then, if you’d like, cut little bumps out of the end to make it look like feather.
  7. Apply glue to the bird where you’d like to attach the wing.
  8. Add small lines of paper or fabric for details on the wing. Yarn would be a great addition here, but difficult for our youngest friends.
  9. Create any additional feathers and accents you’d like. I added little tufts on the tail and head.
  10. Cut a circle of paper or fabric for the eye, and a smaller white one for the inside of the eye, then glue them on!
  11. Cut out and add a beak.
  12. To make the legs, cut a pipe cleaner to a desired length. Tape these to the back of your bird, making sure to really push the tape down to make it stick. Bend the pipe cleaner at the bottom to make it stick.

Found Object Rainbows (April 16)

Supplies needed:

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock or heavy paper
  • A variety of colorful materials- buttons, sequins, foam shapes, bottle lids, small toys, etc.
  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Fabric scraps
  • Magazines
  • Glue (Glue sticks work well)

Instructions

  1. Go on a hunt around your house for colorful items! They can be bottle caps, buttons, pieces from magazines and mail, fabric scraps, and small toys.
  2. Fold your paper in half “hamburger style.” Keep it folded as you cut so you have a symmetrical rainbow!
  3. Cut an arc (or half circle) from the open corners to near the top of the paper for the top part of the rainbow.
  4. Cut a second, smaller arc from inside the bottom of the still-folded paper for the inside of the rainbow. Make sure you go all the way to the fold!
  5. When you open your paper up, you should have a rainbow shape.
  6. Create a strip of glue for the first portion of your rainbow. You can follow the ROY G BIV rainbow pattern, or use your favorite colors. Make sure your stripe for red leaves room for the other six colors!
  7. Choose red pieces of paper and red pieces of magazines. Glue those on first. (If you’re not using red first, use your color of choice)
  8. Then, add red “doodads” to that first arc. Remember to put the flat side of the doodad on – for instance, if you have button with a bump for the thread, you’ll want to glue down the flat side.
  9. Do this again with each color in your rainbow until you have a beautiful rainbow!

We’d love to see your creation! Take a picture of your artwork and send to CCAC with your name. You can email it to classes@cliftonculturalarts.org or post it to our Facebook page.

Spoon People (April 9)

Supplies needed:

  • Spoons of any sort, although wooden or bamboo are easier to draw on than plastic
  • Markers- permanent are best and will work on any spoon
  • Tape (any kind of colorful tape will work)
  • Fabric scraps
  • Construction paper scraps
  • Glue
  • Scissors
Extra/ “fun if you have them” materials:
  • Googly eyes or sticker eyes
  • Hot glue
  • Pom poms
  • Yarn

Instructions

  1. Draw a face on your spoon
    • Decide if you’d like to use the concave side (the face will be pushed in) or the convex side (face pushed out).
    • Think about what emotion you’d like the spoon person to show. Are they happy? Sad? Angry?
    • Then, use your markers to draw a face on the spoon. If you have paint, you can use it instead of markers.
    • If you have googly eyes, this would be the time to glue them on. You can also use a tiny pompom for a nose, if you’d like.
  2. Make hair or a hat for your person
    • You can draw hair on with markers, glue pom poms on for hair, or cut shapes out of fabric or construction paper to add hair. Yarn can also become hair.
  3. Add clothes
    • There are so many ways to add clothes to your person! You can draw them on with markers, cut them out of paper or fabric and glue or tape them on, or use different kinds of tape to make clothes.
  4. Play with your spoon person!
    • Can you make a whole spoon family?
  5. Take a picture of your creation and send to CCAC with your name! You can text it to 513-394-6516, email to classes@cliftonculturalarts.org, or send through our Facebook Messenger.

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