Tuesday, April 4, 2017

BUGS at the Maryland Home and Garden Show

The BUGS After-School Program was asked to participate in the Maryland Home and Garden Show. Jay and John Plummer are the directors of this bi-annual event. Each year, vendors come from all-around Maryland to share new tips on gardening, patios, and floral decorations. 

                                                   

In October of 2016, an email was received from Jay Plummer about the BUGS Program participating in this event as children's craft table. Needless to say, we were very excited about this opportunity. It would provide new and different exposure for our program. 
The Ladybugs plant succulents for the MD Home and Garden Show.
Ms. Rachel, the Gardening Educator, and Mr. Terry, the Art Educator, helped to spearhead the crafts that would be easy, fun, and practical for children attending the show with their parents. Ms. Rachel worked with the Ladybugs to plant succulents for attendees to use. By collecting the left over milk cartons and spray painting them, passerby's would get an opportunity to replant the succulent in a colorful milk carton. They could also decorate the planter with tissue paper and glitter glue.

Destiny helps one of the attendees to create a planter with a succulent.
Ty'Nashisa helps a peer with creating seed art.
The BUGS Station also offered Seed Art. Children could use different colored and shaped seeds to bring an image to life. Images of butterflies, trees, and flowers were used. By using some glue and their imagination, they were able to create some wonderful images that were free for them to take.
Destiny tries to convince a little girl to create some art.
Our experience at the MD Home and Garden Show was wonderful. We received so much great feedback about our activities and what we do for the students. Many attendees, upon hearing about what was offered, bought their children directly to our table. 
              
Glori demonstrating Seed Art.
It was an great experience having some of the BUGS students volunteer and assist with teaching so many people how to create the art and talk about the great things they like about our program. It was a different experience for them. It'll be one that they'll never forget.
                  
               Jmaiyuen having a little fun showing how to create the Succulent Planter.
During some down time, Ty'Nashisa, Destiny, and Taleah create their own Seed Art and Succulent Planter.
 
                                   
                                            Lastly, Glori had an chance to visit the Butterfly Garden and feed the butterflies.
A special thank you to Jay and John Plummer, and the entire MD Home and Garden Staff that made the BUGS After-School Program feel so welcomed and valued.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Stress Reliever Feild Trip- Baltimore Museum of Art


         Students and Staff of the B.U.G.S. program went on a field trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art located at 10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218.  We visited the museum on Wednesday March 22, 2017 to give students an educational and fun experience.  The field trip served as a stress reliever for students after completing the Maryland School Assessment test on Monday March 20, 2017 and on Tuesday March 21, 2017.  Students were able to explore all levels of the museum with 4 of their friends and with a B.U.G.S. staff member.     


        Below is a picture that shows B.U.G.S. students interacting with a local artist.  The artist was comfortably seated on the floor as she was drawing.  The artist was trying to capture and interpret a piece of artwork that was mantled on the wall.  Students were curious about this artist and asked her several questions in awe and with fascination. 














Below is a picture of our students playing in front of an optical illusion mirror.  The shape of their bodies seem to be misrepresented in the reflection of the mirror which humored them greatly.  
















Below is a picture that shows students interacting with an art piece.  Looking at this art piece helps them understand the idea behind an optical illusion.  On the inside of the structure, there are mirrors which were intentionally placed. These mirrors reflect off of one another to create the illusion of holes. 





Friday, March 3, 2017

BUGS Expo!

BUGS students, families, and staff enjoyed our BUGS Expo held on February 9th at CJR. After sharing dinner, students showcased each of our component areas to share what they have been learning and doing at BUGS this year! We ended the evening with a wonderful and energetic Salsa performance which students have been working hard to learn all year with Mr. Tyone.

This was also a great opportunity to introduce our new dance teacher, Ms. D. Welcome to the BUGS family, Ms. D!! We are excited to see what is coming up next in dance class.

Hope everyone is staying warm! Check out some of the photos from the Expo below.


Isaiah and the Crickets shared information about our composting worms.
Ms. Rachel and the Crickets made "dirt cup" treats with gummy worms! To receive a treat you had to hold a live compost worm in your hand.




James and the Grasshoppers showing off their STEM knowledge and all the projects BUGS students have worked on this year in Mr. Zach's room.

Jerrod, James, and Mr. Terry showing off art projects from this schoolyear including giant puppetry!

Spiders conducted a taste-test of store-bought and BUGS-made hummus and the result was that almost everyone preferred BUGS' hummus. They boys also passed out a variety of treats that they made in class with recipes for parents to take home.


The finale was a salsa dance performance that started off with the Crickets and their maracas.
Butterflies and Ladybugs danced their portion with enthusiasm!


The dance ended with the boys asking the girls for the last dance!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

About Face Gallery Visit




BUG’s students visited the Creative Alliance “About Face” exhibit and visited resident artist Amy Sherald.  The first woman to win the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious Outwin Boochever Award (2016), an artist who is currently featured in the National Museum of African American Art and Culture, and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. Since she became a resident artist at Creative Alliance in 2014, Sherald’s painting career has experienced a rapid rise the international art scene, earning important and well-deserved recognition for her life-sized portraits. Through her work, along with Rozeal, Tim Okamura, and Ebony G. Patterson, the exhibition About Face turns its attention to under-represented communities, historically marginalized by the genre of portraiture, combining her portraits with a selection of the nation’s best contemporary figurative artists. 

Each artist in the exhibition tackles stereotypes of race in different ways: Amy Sherald paints the flesh of her subjects in grayscale to remove specific connotations of skin tone and race all the while costuming them in a manner that contradicts the roles and stereotypes historically associated with black culture; Rozeal addresses the historical use of black face and the crinkling of hair in Japanese culture to make subjects appear more African. Additionally her paintings update the classical look of Japanese woodcuts with modern settings; Tim Okamura juxtaposes the rawness and urgency of street art with realistic technique to create an accessible visual language through portraiture; Jamaican artist Ebony G. Patterson  creates highly embellished, collaged, and appliquéd tapestries, as well as photographic prints with subject matter that allude to bodies, yet lacks specificity.


The surface treatments, or “face” of each artist’s work, demand a deeper recognition from the audience that black identity is hardly as simple as it has been portrayed throughout western European art history. Through each artist’s work we are given, and asked to give, a more complex look at the composition of black identity and how it is perceived in society today.
Talking with Amy in her studio!
BUG's Dabbin with Amy Sherald