This Spring After School series is designed for young artists but can easily be adopted to challenge older students as well. Working with a variety of materials and supplies, students created expandable imaginary animal puppets and a gnome with his/her mushroom home. The gnomes are painted coconut cups (a donation that has rolled around the art room for 2 years) I primed most of them white to give the students a smooth base. Some chose the non primed cups. One coat of tempera was applied as a color foundation to block out body parts (face, dress, hands...) and left to dry. Details and smaller bits of color where added later and last the cotton beard/hair and pointed hat/cap.