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The GraciePress Newsletter - Emily’s Summer Drawing Camp

The GraciePress Newsletter - Emily’s Summer Drawing Camp
With this being a holiday weekend for us in the United States, we wanted to do something different. If you’ve been following our adventures from our old My Life With Gracie days, you’re likely to remember Emily’s Summer Drawing Camp.

Simple Animation Made from Construction Paper
Simple Animation Made from Construction Paper
Emily’s First Summer Drawing Camp
For those of you who are new or may not remember, it all started one day when I was tidying up the garaged and Emily asked about some chalk she found on my workbench. I explained that it was used for marking and drawing. “We chickens are very good at making marks,” she said, and that was the beginning of Emily’s Summer Drawing Camp.
She began by making lines with chalk, but even with my help, it took quite some time.
When she announced, “I want to draw Amelia next,” she insisted on completing the drawing without any help. Making all of those shapes with lines alone took days. But she finished. The results were quite magical too!
“Amelia Flying to the Moon and Back” by Emily
“Amelia Flying to the Moon and Back” by Emily
Emily’s Summer Drawing Camp for This Year
We began to look for a quicker way for Emily to make her drawings. We decided that instead of drawing shapes with lines, we would cut them out of construction paper instead. Start with shapes! Emily is brilliant.
This was lots of fun, and Emily liked being able to try out different ideas before gluing them all down.
Instead of using names like circle, square, and triangle, Emily made shapes of things she knows like hearts, worms, and mushrooms.
Emily wants to share what she calls her “art recipes” for some seaweed and a crab with you. She calls them “recipes” because they sort of work like a recipe for something in the kitchen. She allowed me to add a few words to help you.
Emily can not read, but she can read shapes. (Maybe you know someone like that too?)
Emily she can only count to six because that is all of the toes she can see, but she can make as many as she can find in the center of her recipe picture. (Maybe you know someone like that too?)
The Secret to “Reading” Emily’s Art Recipes
The box on the left has the shapes that make objects. The box on the right has the letter shapes that make mouths.
Our favorite discovery came from playing around with different letters of the alphabet to use as mouth shapes. We settled on the four that spell “LOUD” which seems quite funny when you think about it.
Please Remember: Not everyone can use scissors. Emily can’t. So they might need someone to help them or even cut out the shapes for them the way I do for Emily.
Emily’s Art Recipe for Making Seaweed
Emily’s “Art Recipe for Seaweed”
Emily’s “Art Recipe for Seaweed”
Seaweed is easy to make. Stems have worm shapes. Leaves have heart shapes.
We began with long worms shapes. Emily made lots of those! Then she added hearts. Every time she put one on the left, she put another on the right. They made great leaves.
It didn’t matter to her that the worms weren’t always exactly right. It didn’t matter to her that the hearts were all different shapes and sometimes a little “wonky.”
All of the different shapes were fun! And if there is anything a chicken likes, it’s fun! Maybe you do too?
We did not use any mouth shapes for the seaweed, but Emily thinks she might like to try that one day.
Emily’s Recipe for Making a Crab
Emily’s “Art Recipe for a Crab”
Emily’s “Art Recipe for a Crab”
A crab is easy to create when you understand the shapes that make the crab. That is why Emily made a very colorful crab in this art recipe. They help you see the different shapes better.
Claws have heart shapes. The body has a big stone shape. Eyestalks have mushroom shapes. Legs have hotdog shapes. Eyes have small and smaller stone shapes. And the mouth can be one of the letter shapes that spell the word “loud.
Each letter makes the crab look different. Crabby. Surprised. Happy. Sad. Talking. Singing. Try it for yourself!
“A Crab Dancing in the Seaweed” by Emily
“A Crab Dancing in the Seaweed” by Emily
“A Crab Dancing in the Seaweed” by Emily
When Emily put her seaweed and crab together, she had a remarkable piece of artwork!
Dear Fans, We Would Appreciate Hearing from You!
Were Emily’s art recipes easy to follow? Emily would like everyone to be able to follow her art recipes whether they can read or not.
Did you try making your own art from Emily’s art recipes? If so, how did it go? Could we change any of the directions to make them easier?
Should we work on a small full-color book of Emily’s art recipes? Maybe one like Emily’s Beach Party Art Camp? Or Emily’s Halloween Party Art Camp? Or Emily’s Christmas Party Art Camp?
We Will Be Back Next Friday!
Please feel free to share and forward this newsletter to others who might be interested. Chickens are really big fans of sharing!
We will share the next chapter of PeeP! next Friday.
Thank you for reading!
Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, Pearl, Emily, and Amelia
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J.R. Spiers (with help from Gracie)

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