Wednesdays is my day for teaching Art to a group of teenagers who’ve become disengaged from school for various reasons. The idea behind the program they are doing, is to create a pathway for them to reenter education at a post school level. Most of them are around 15 or 16. We decided as a group to create giant spiders for Halloween. On the table in front of them I placed black crêpe paper, goggle eyes, PVA glue, foam insect bodies, newspaper, pipe cleaners, wool, feathers, tiny pom poms and wool rovings. While they looked at the materials, I made a web on the window from some wool I had found in an op shop and some spider web stuff I found at a craft store.
They sat for quite a long time, not doing anything. This group has been so used to flying under the radar at school, that often they can be a little afraid to start. One student started reading the newspaper. Oh dear, thought I. Suddenly though, he asked if he could make a Kim Kardashian spider. Of course you can, I replied, as long as she has 8 legs. He busily got to work as did the others. They were happy with their end results and gave me permission to put them online. I think perhaps, Kim might like her spider likeness!