Debra's Paper Camp 101

MASTERCLASS: Let's Build Your Family's

Creative Muscles, TOGETHER!




I'm the author & illustrator, Debra Frasier. I have made award-winning picture books out of SCISSORS, PAPER & GLUE. Along the way I've learned techniques and tricks to keep my Creative Muscles strong!


At Paper Camp I am going to share all my secrets WITH YOU—and you will see your Creative Muscles strengthen right before your eyes.





PAPER CAMP

is part

PAPER PLAYGROUND

and part

CREATIVITY GYM.



We will be PLAY/WORKING

with

SCISSORS,

PAPER,

and GLUE.



Here's what I mean: WATCH THE FLEXIBILITY, INVENTIVENESS & FUN HERE!


THESE FAMILIES ARE PARTICIPATING IN MY "SCISSORS/PAPER/GLUE" FAMILY NIGHTS ACROSS THE USA.

Turn the sound up, don't miss the first ten seconds!

 


WHO COMES TO

PAPER CAMP?


ALL AGES. Mom. Dad. Sister. Brother. Grandmother. Grandfather. Anyone you can rustle up. Have them around the table or gather them on Zoom.



WHY COME TO PAPER CAMP?

(For the Art. The Fun. The Accompaniment. The Joy. The Practice. The Play. The Color. The Learning. The Making. And also...)



...BECAUSE

"FEAR OF STARTING"

IS A THING NOW.

Adults. Kids. Everyone is feeling the pressures. Taking risks, even little ones, is getting harder. Feeling the JOY of creating and the PRIDE of making something is more elusive.


Important:


PAPER CAMP 

IS A 

MAKE-A-LOT-OF-

TRIES

ZONE!





We learned to walk because we fell A MILLION TIMES!

(THOSE WERE NOT

A MILLION MISTAKES!

THOSE WERE A MILLION TRIES.)


We learned to write the alphabet because we scribbled

A MILLION TIMES!

(THOSE WERE NOT

A MILLION MISTAKES,

THOSE WERE A MILLION TRIES.)






AND REMEMBER HOW IT WASN'T LIKE WORK—IT WAS A LOT OF

PLAYING AROUND.





IF "FEAR OF STARTING"

HAD STOPPED US FROM TRYING,

WE MIGHT STILL BE CRAWLING

AROUND THE LIVING ROOM—


—TRUSTING, (not JUDGING) our TRIES

is how our creative muscles gain strength.


In PAPER CAMP 101 we are going to learn to value

EFFORT over OUTCOME.


In PAPER CAMP 101 we aim to build a

CULTURE of EXPERIMENTING.



Unlike drawing or painting, PAPER can be moved around easily so we can have

A MILLION TRIES very easily.



We PRACTICE starting from zero again and again, getting progressively comfortable with the unknown.


This has parallels in all parts of life.



Fears melt when you know there are a lot of options within limits. We simply get more comfortable with starting.


Even DADS RELAX.


And SCISSORS get easier to use as we gain spatial skills that transfer to everything from athletics to engineering.




Cutting paper

does NOT

require drawing!


In fact, I ask you to lock away your pencils during our sessions.


You can cut MUCH MORE THAN YOU CAN DRAW! Trust me on this—I have worked with THOUSANDS of people of all ages.




CREATIVE SKILLS & MINDSETS


In all our classes we make things but woven into the experience is a way to think about what we do: A "mindset". Dr. Carol Dweck's book, MINDSET, has had a deep impact on my teaching and I highly recommend it for teens, parents, and teachers.


If you want to have fun with your kids while building creative skills that will last a lifetime, join me in

Paper Camp 101: Masterclass.


If your kids are in need of

creative stimulus

and accompaniment,

come join me in a class in

Paper Camp 101: MASTERCLASS.


If you sense that a child in your care is beginning to feel

pressures that limit their

creative potential, let's try

Paper Camp 101:

MASTERCLASS, together.



DEBRA'S PAPER CAMP.


A PLACE TO BUILD

CREATIVE CONFIDENCE




DEBRA'S PAPER CAMP!

Enough words! This short video shows the results better than anything I could say!

Turn the sound up, don't miss the first ten seconds!

 

WHO IS DEBRA?


Debra Frasier's first picture book, On the Day You Were Born became an instant classic. Winner of the 1991 Parents Choice Gold Award, this book continues to welcome children around the world to Planet Earth. Debra's subsequent books have won numerous awards, been celebrated by Oprah, and her book, Miss Alaineus (miscellaneous!), A Vocabulary Disaster, annually inspires thousands of kids to dress up as words for memorable Vocabulary Parades in schools nationwide. Each of her picture books are illustrated with these three things:



SCISSORS, PAPER & GLUE!


Thousands of Cut-Paper Students!


"How fantastic you were! We were blown away by your wonderful presentation. As soon as we left the session the kids all wanted to make straight lines on paper and cut out shapes. You were so entertaining and engaging with the kids and we ALL really enjoyed it. Thank you for a wonderful day!
You are truly inspirational."


—Third grade teacher,Fall, 2020, Baton Rouge, LA


EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT!


It is important to note the following major difference with PAPER CAMP classes as compared to other online art classes: This is NOT a: "Now let's all make a lizard" class! We will not be trying to match an image or identical outcome that I am modeling! I offer clear guidelines to our projects and then we each go in the direction we want. (And this is why we can be an ALL AGES classroom.) This is how we build that creative muscle I was talking about!

"Debra is just like her books, genuine, warm, and true."

—T. Hamilton, Master Teacher, Tennessee



"Also, I just wanted to mention how inspiring you were to me personally. I know the kids had a great time, but I was surprised that I myself was so touched by your presentation as well…I believe listening to you speak nudged me toward myself abit, perhaps just enough to force my hand, literally."

—Teacher, school visit follow-up note

SIMPLE SUPPLIES

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING

TO PAPER CAMP:



Scissors: Make age appropriate choices (blunt scissors for our youngest participants, sharper with rising age and skill level.) *See NOTE below

Paper: Variety pack construction paper packages are found at any store offering basic art and school supplies. My favorite heavier weight construction paper is ordered online from Mister Art, and this is covered in the Tips and Resourses PDF.

Glue: Glue stick is the easiest adhesive to use, but not the least expensive. Liquid glue, like Elmer's in a fine tip bottle, is less expensive and gives great coverage but is trickier to use. Have both available and I will show techniques for each.

Other optional supplies: File folders for paper scrap storage, box or basket for uncut paper storage, trays for working on, newspaper for table covering, old mail-order catelogs for glue protection pages.

Trash can! Dust pan! Broom!

*NOTE: We will cover common sense scissor safety in the lessons but you will be responsible for your own participants' safety.

GETTING READY FOR YOUR ARRIVAL!

SOON you can push open the PAPER CAMP door! Meanwhile, I am busy with preparations for your arrival—gathering papers, glues, scissors, videos, samples, stories, music, and weaving it all into a series of sessions that will strengthen our creative muscles, together.


TENTATIVE PRICING & DONATIONS:


Families, we will be open in February. Classes will run from $10.00 to $97.

School license purchases can be arranged in any denomination.

Contact me at debrafrasier.com.

For every class sold, a matching class will be given to a Title 1 teacher in need of an art instruction component to add to their curriculum. If you are a Title 1 teacher or know a teacher who would like to be added to this waitlist, please have them send a message to me at debrafrasier.com, hit contact.

And lastly, thanks to Tree.org. A donation on behalf of each class purchase is made to this organization to plant trees to replace the sources of the paper we are using.