The Boys & Girls Club of Door County was proud to have been selected to design and create Wisconsin's Ornaments for the 2011 National Christmas Tree display in Washington, D.C! The National Park Foundation, and the National Park Service ask each state to produce 24 ornaments; 23 will be hung on the state/territory Christmas tree as part of the National Christmas Tree display, and one will be hung on a Christmas tree in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center showcasing each state/territory ornament.
The only instruction our club was given is that each globe reflect the holiday season in our state, which left a lot of room for creativity. We decided on a collaborative approach to designing our ornaments. First we brainstormed with the kids, talking about the natural history and features of our home county. Then we distributed pre-cut pieces of paper to the participants, and asked them to paint an image that we had talked about. Various kids took up the process from there, decoupaging the paintings onto the inside of the ornaments, and adding tissue paper and glitter to fill in the background around each painting.
The Boys & Girls Club of Door County is fortunate to have Paula Wendland on staff as the facilitating artist. Paula Wendland, is an experienced art educator, having worked with children in a wide variety of settings: after school programs, park district classes, girl scout camps, and in private art centers like the Peninsula Art School in Fish Creek, WI. She is also a professional children's book illustrator, and brings a keen interest in children's literature and art to all her teaching activities. Paula shares her artistic passion with club members through her role as a Youth Development Professional.
The 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 5pm. You can read the entire press release here http://prks.org/p78C6e.