This past weekend, the Loft and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts hosted a fun event for all of the Combo Classes we’ve held this summer. In Combo Classes, students start the day upstairs at the Loft, working on their creative writing, then go downstairs to MCBA to create book art. This year, for the first time ever, students had the unique and exciting opportunity to display their book art in the gallery here at Open Book. We held a reception to celebrate.
Visit the Loft’s Facebook page for pictures of the reception.
For a fun activity at the reception, we handed out writing prompts. A few student artists were brave enough to share what they came up with.
By Isak D., age 9
By Andrew K., age 8
By Daniel B., age 10
Also by Daniel B., age 10
Many thanks to Figment.com. We adapted the prompts slightly from their Daily Themes.
This week, Kurtis Scaletta–popular published author & Loft employee extraordinaire-turned-teaching artist extraordinaire–is offering a class called Your Life is Hilarious: A Writing Class for Wimpy Kids, based on the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. He’s encouraged the students to write with lots of humor and no obligation to tell the truth. Here are a few examples of what they’ve come up with.
A Zoo-Wee Mama cartoon by Olivia G., age 11
The Zoo-Wee Mama punchline makes more sense (which is to say, it still doesn’t make sense) if you’ve read any of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
Another Zoo-Wee Mama cartoon by Olivia G., age 11.
By Owen H., age 10
A short story by Soren S., age 10.