Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
I had been thinking about building marionettes since last year. It fascinates me to combine the building, simple machines, painting and theater all together in one project. I decided to base our marionette making off an ancient folk tale from India- I can never find the exact title but it is about Never Rushing to Judgement and involves a mongoose and a snake. The children will eventually put on a marionette show enacting the folk tale. In the meantime I will teach them as much as I can about the culture of India while we are making.
After we read the folk tale together they all chose what character they wanted to create- either the wife, husband, mongoose or snake. I have a great resource book titled "Art From Many Hands" which had an illustration of how to build a marionette. It gave me the idea to sketch out instructions on how to put the marionettes together. I gave them each a "kit" and the instructions and let them work through it. Of course I walked around and helped but for the most part they did it on their own! Below is the wife or husband instructions....
These are the mongoose instructions
The following pictures are the husbands and wives. Can you believe the kids nailed them together and screwed in eye hooks on their own?! Yippee!
During week 2 we began working on the marionette clothes. We studied traditional Indian designs and the students designed fabric using geometric patterns, flora and fauna and stylized images. I sketched and copied a little pattern for them to make a long shirt, dress and pants. Some of them started sewing the pieces together and others I took home and sewed for them so we don't get too far behind (class is only 4 weeks and I'm worried we will not be done!). Don't the dresses look so cool!!?
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
is responsible for developing standards for the career development profession and for the provision of career counseling programs and services. She made brainstorming worksheets and a power point to get the students thinking about what their strengths and interests are. Using that information they sought out professions that may be a good fit for them when they are older. It was really special to me to learn more about my kids- I was fascinated to hear what they love and seek!
My contribution to the project was teaching them about typography and specifically a typeface (a set of characters that share common design features). Each child developed a typeface based around their career choice. They made a poster about their career using their typeface.They also researched the history of their chosen career and were encouraged to use those historical facts in their poster.
The posters turned out so fantastic!! I'll upload many more photos when I have a little more time but I was itching to share these few that I took photos of yesterday.
Kids- you blow me away with your effort!! Very well done!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Our school Gala (the PTA's event) was last night and it was so beautiful! Our PTA blew me away- their ideas and effort were incredible!!!
They were very sweet to let me have a large table right at the entrance to place the mosaics on. I made little books to accompany each mosaic that documented the process of each class making them. The PTA made cute signs for me and one dad even designed and printed an awesome sign that explained the project. It was really uplifting to have so much support.
Kids- you never cease to impress me with your work!!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
They have been working on mosaics for a couple of weeks now. They are doing individual as well as collaborative pieces. I taught them a quick lesson on the history of mosaics. Because the Romans portrayed their daily life in some of their mosaics I encouraged the kids to portray something about their daily life as well. The "Creeper" from the game "Minecraft" that D made into a mosaic has been a huge hit with the younger grade kids ;)....D is an immensely talented boy who has convinced me that Minecraft is artistic.
Even though I've had episodes where I thought that I should have grouted the mosaics by myself ;)- I really feel like they learned quite a bit from grouting on their own. Mixing it to the correct consistency, seeing how it preforms if the spaces between glass is too large and learning that once it dries it is HARD to get off are all part of learning how to plan and foresee problems.......I hope they can apply that to real life ;). I included photos to give you just a teeny vision of how crazy messy it gets letting kids grout on their own though!
I have blisters on my hands from doing so much breaking and cutting glass this week but it is well worth all of the effort. I hope they are enjoying it too!!