Jzin’s Workshop: Week 1: Mermaids, Deep-Sea Beasts and More
In the summer of 2015, I started teaching Felt+Craft workshops on the campus of The Waldorf School of Orange County. The workshops are for adults and children ages 7+. This was my first week of workshop, entitled “Mermaids, Deep-sea Beasts and more”. Scroll down to see the fantastic energy and joy in my creative students! – Jzin
Scroll to the bottom of the page to see works from different days.
- Day 1: We wrapped mermaid cave and made mermaids!
- Day 2: We made pirates, painted diorama boxes, wet-felted octopus!
- Day 3: We made recycled plastic bag jellyfish-on-a-stick, octopus with sparkly black ink and mermaid caves/islands with lights, practiced our puppet show.
- Day 4: Big balls of fire! These are very enthusiastic and productive students! We dry felted fluffy beach playmat, painted/assembled our theater diorama, made mermaid swings, jellyfishes on a stick, Alyssa told stories, etc.
- Day 5: Finishing up for our group exhibition/open house/puppet show and selling students’ works: jelly-fishes-on sticks
June 15, 2015, Monday. Day 1
Today the children wrapped a mermaid cave over a 2 dimensional resist, and they made a mermaid! Everyone worked hard and laughed a lot. Tomorrow we will make pirate, or a prince or a fisherman… and more.
Wrapping a mermaid cave on a 2-dimensional resist. Getting acquainted with the nature of wool batting. The universal pod shape.
I am so proud of my students. Everyone made a mermaid this morning! I was so happy I forgot to take photos of the rest of the students’ works!
We rang a little bell to celebrate whenever a new doll is born! “Happy Birthday Little Mermaid dolls! May you go forth and bring joy to all you meet!”
Closer view on the first mermaid dolls needle-felted this morning.
I will photo the rest of the dolls later.
That was fun. We will be making the rest of the mermaid’s habitat on the 4 more days to go! Come visit our group exhibition on the last day of workshops:
Jzin’s Felt + Crafts Group exhibition:
- All welcome!
- 11:30am – 12:30pm
- Friday. June 19, 2015
- 5th Grade Classroom. The Waldorf School of Orange County.
Scroll down for our works on the subsequent days…
Summer 2015 Felt + Crafts workshops
We still have spaces available for summer workshops. You can register by clicking on the link below.
Mermaid Kingdoms, Fairy Tale playscapes, Toadstool Cottage Night Light, finger puppet Gnomes and more! Come join Jzin Teng of Castle of Costa Mesa and learn how to felt, make small dolls and playscapes this summer. Pick one, or more, of the following 4 themed weeks! These 5 day long workshops (9am-12:30pm Monday-Friday) are for Adults and Children ages 7+. To register online:
- Download these 2 pages and e-mail them to me Jzinius@yahoo.com with a check of $250.00 per week: Page 1 Page 2.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 – Day 2: Pirates, Wet-Felted Octopus Legs, Painted Diorama Boxes and Lots of Laughing
Here are some of the things I made as I was preparing for this workshop.
Day 2. We started at 9am. Before our 10:15am snack time, the students made their pirates! This photo was taken at the end of the day with a few missing students (who wanted to embellish their pirates before their photoshoot! I was so amazed by the talents and focus of these students! We all worked hard!
I challenged the students to not needle-felt a single poke when they make the arms. This required a special touch and knowing amount, thickness of the fibers.
Something I thought of teaching the students to craft, but we have so many, many fun things to make, so perhaps the mermaid bed below will wait.
After we made the pirate, I had to insist that the enthusiastic students take a break and have some food and water. They wanted to continue to craft more right away. What amazing energy!
We wet felted octopus (my hands were too wet to take any photos).
We also painted our deep-sea diorama theater boxes. We love recycling!
This was a good sign. After a very fast pace and full morning of productive work, the students chose to stay behind 1/2 hour more after the workshop ended to work out their script for their Friday table top puppet show.
Drama of the high seas!
So far, we have done 2 mornings of work. This rising 3rd grader made a handsome Neptune and a pirate!
Check back for other photos.
Wednesday, June 17. 2013 – Day 3: We made recycled plastic bag jellyfish-on-a-stick, octopus with sparkly black ink and mermaid caves/islands with lights, practiced our puppet show.
My! These students are driven and enthusiastic! We started at 9am. By 10:45am I had to shoo them out to take a break and eat some lunch, with protests of wanting to do more! It was a very productive day as usual.
Alas, I am tired and can only post 1 picture!
We made jellyfish-on-a-stick and admire the beauty of translucent plastic produce bags. They glow when the room is dim!
um.. okay one more. I have many more great photos but… Good night! – Jzin
Day 4: These are Enthusiastic, Productive Students!
June 18, 2015. Creative energy abound. They are working up a hurricane. At least the room looked like a tornado of excitement!
Day 5: Last Day: Finishing touches for Group Exhibition, Selling Jelly-fish-on-a-stick and Puppet shows
Friday, June 19, 2015. This has been an exhilarating week! Today was the last day of our week-long workshop. In the morning, everyone busily working on finishing touches for our group exhibition.
Pearla created this fashionable octopus fascinator, modelled by our lovely Alyssa.
While waiting for our guests to arrive, Sophie rehearsed her puppet show to our great amusement!
Closer view of Sophia’s work from this week: A pirate with an eye patch, a mermaid with her bag of treasure, swinging on an underwater swing, a mermaid undersea world and a fluffy beach scene on top.
Samuel was an animated story-teller.
We had many good laughs at his show. Here is the funny sword-fighting scene between the pirate and the octopus.
Sophia demonstrating her work. She has the biggest diorama theater.
Sophia’s Mermaid theater has lockable doors.
Elena made up a Romantic story between the Pirate and the Mermaid, separated by land, redeemed by a miracle. In the end, the mermaid walked on legs (crafted).
Pearla’s Pink Pirate Power.
Pearla’s puppet show.
Sarah’s formidable albino octopus battle the stick wielding pirate, with 8 sticks.
Kaiya telling us a story.
Our technically skillful Hannah assembling her scene.
Elena told me “I can’t wait to go to class tomorrow…I love Alyssa’s stories! She tells good stories.”
Students prepared handmade “jelly-fish-on-a-stick” for sale at $5 each!
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