Writing & Art Online Tutorials

We at The BUBBLAH endeavor to encourage kids to explore creative expression and provide 

a place for them to publish their work, thereby igniting their excitement about the creative process.

To that end, we provide free workshops to help get them started.  Contact the person

designated to instruct the workshop you prefer and schedule a time.

The excitement of a blank piece of paper, the anticipation of what the imagination will conjure up, and the creative process along the way is what makes learning through creativity rewarding and memorable.

A blank paper holds so many possibilities, and those possibilities are endless. The power of bringing that paper to life by writing, drawing or painting is exciting, challenging, and satisfying.

These courses are taught via Zoom or Skype and are limited to 10 children per session so that we may give a proper amount of attention to everyone. Classes can be created by age group as per your preference. For younger children, we require that an adult be in attendance for guidance and hands-on help.

Creative Writing

Poetry or Prose with Denise Flagg (Mondays only)

Once a month (1 hour class) 

INSTRUCTOR: Denise Flagg 

Poetry

The class begins with how to formulate an idea and the mechanics of writing an ABCB poem, a Tanka Poem, and a limerick. This class includes a free PDF of Miss Mac’s book of poems for kids entitled Toenail Soup, written in ABCB rhyme. One or all of your poems can be illustrated during Sue Greco’s watercolor class.

 

Prose

Course Outline:

  • Write down some ideas.

  • Create a character and a setting for your story.

  • A story has a beginning, a middle, and an end.

  • Draft your story.

  • Usually, there is a conflict in the story.

  • Resolve the conflict.

  • Read aloud to be sure the story flows.

  • Revise. Revise. Then, revise again.

  • Proofread. Then, proofread again.

  • Ask someone to read your story. Remember, constructive criticism makes you a better writer.

  • Learn your writing process. Writers all have their own technique for writing. Do what works best for you.

Poetry and Ishkabibbles

Once a month (1 hour class)

INSTRUCTOR: Donna McCarthy, aka Miss Mac

 

The class begins with how to formulate an idea and the mechanics of writing an ABCB poem, a Tanka Poem, and an Ishkabibble (nonsense) story. This class includes a free PDF of Miss Mac’s book of poems for kids entitled Toenail Soup, written in ABCB rhyme.

One of your poems can be illustrated during Sue Greco’s watercolor class.

ART

Step by Step Watercolor 

Once a month (1 hour class)

INSTRUCTOR: Sue Greco

 

Sue’s watercolor program teaches the four basic techniques. In each class, l will instruct a new technique, and we will complete a painting of a different subject matter each month.

Basic materials needed:

Watercolor paints

Watercolor paper

Empty palette

Round tip brushes in 3 sizes (s,m,l in a soft nylon bristle)

Pencil

Eraser

2 cups for water

Paper towel

Step by Step Drawing 

Once a month (1 hour class)

INSTRUCTOR: Donna McCarthy, aka Miss Mac

 

Donna’s drawing class is a simple step-by-step instruction. Each month will be a different image. Follow The BUBBLAH on Facebook or Instagram to see what each month's drawing is. 

Basic materials needed:

9 x 12 drawing pad                                                                            

#2 pencils                                                                                          

Fine point and fat sharpies or black permanent markers                 

Colored pencils

Eraser

Sharpener

Dry Erase Marker

Illustrate Your Story 

One time class (1 hour)

This class corresponds with Denise Flagg’s prose course

in story writing and should run subsequently.

INSTRUCTOR: Donna McCarthy, aka Miss Mac

 

Course Outline:

Process for printing a book beginning to end

What is an ISBN number?

What is copyright and trademark?

Character development (different views)

What lines to illustrate

Layout do’s and dont’s

Single and double page spread illustrations

Making a book dummy