June Feature of the Month @wildcats.create – TPG Creations/The Pencil Grip, Inc.
June Feature of the Month @wildcats.create

June Feature of the Month @wildcats.create

June Feature of the Month @wildcats.create

We are so excited to learn a little more about our featured Brand Ambassador @wildcats.create. Dawn Lynn is an elementary school art teacher who focuses on creative and educational DIY Projects! Dawn Lynn continues to inspire students with her wonderful artistic ability! 

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Q: Tell us a little about yourself! What is the inspiration behind your Instagram page?
Teaching art has been a dream of mine since childhood. With more than 25 years in education, 13 years have been as an art teacher. My intentions with “Wildcats.Create” are to inspire, build connections, and share with others our studio endeavors. I am the proud mom of five, and I want my children and students to have authentic creative opportunities. We celebrate student agency and meaningful ways children can express their unique ideas. 
Q: We have loved seeing your page grow, and all the amazing projects and activities you share, and we learn so much as you incorporate Kwik Stix into your classroom! What inspired you to want to be a Brand Ambassador?
It’s a privilege to be a brand ambassador for TPG Creations, and I am grateful to share my joy and love for the brand.  As a dedicated educator, I am committed to advocating for creative opportunities for our Wildcats and beyond. As a brand ambassador, I can impact a broader audience and grow as a professional.
Q: What is your favorite product of ours that you have tried so far?  Can you tell us more about why you love this product, and if you have any tips or tricks when using it or favorite techniques? Is there anything in particular that has helped you blend creativity, play, and learning together with your projects?

Kwik Stix are a must have in the Wildcat studio. All ages love using them. I always have a variety of colors and metallics available in studio centers. The children keep a steady stream of ideas and inspiration creating with them. Their ease of use encourages creativity, and allows Wildcats to use their time efficiently. I enjoy hearing students share their process when layering colors and discovering new ones! Since Kwik Stix are mess-free, they allow creative fluency in the artmaking process.

Magic Stix triangular markers are a close second to Kwik Stix, with their vivid saturation. The triangular markers are comfortable to hold, and offer strong visual presentation without rolling off the table!

Q: We love that you incorporate photos and videos of your activities on your page! What is one of your favorite projects you have created using our products? There have been so many great posts you have made, and we want to know which stands out to you! 

In our studio, the child is the artist. The question, “What do artists do?” drives our learning. The best artworks and projects have personal meaning and come from the imaginations of our artists.  Kwik Stix are a studio favorite for skills like blending, shading, and layering colors.  Scrolling through our page, the masterpieces created with Kwik Stix are vibrant and alive. 

A remarkably successful lesson for Wildcats was inspired by Mondrian.  Elementary artists work with a variety of precut paper strips to use as lines, and children use Kwik Stix for color blocking. Each composition is unique and striking. Another studio “hit” project uses a variety of colors and lines to illustrate owls. Children use Kwik Stix to overlap a variety of lines, layering the colors to create “feathers and tufts.”

Q: What’s next for you? Do you have any exciting crafts or activities planned for the Summer months ahead?!

I enjoy using the summer months to reflect and prepare for the upcoming school year. I have been working with a thinking partner to develop best practices and routines in our new studio space. We have been creating organizational solutions to fulfill our intentions of focusing on flexibility, mobility and visibility. My goal is to make the Wildcat’s studio a color-filled sanctuary for inspiring artists and fueling imaginations. 

I would like to engage the community in creating next year through artistic initiatives with collaborative works that celebrate our diversity.  I am brainstorming ways to celebrate our community, and honor our title as “Missouri’s Most Diverse Elementary School.” As a lifelong learner and creative, my commitment to art advocacy doesn’t end with the school year. I hope to become more experienced as I learn how to operate our newly acquired laser cutter! Stay tuned for a spectacular summer of studio adventures!


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