Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wood Block Printing with middle school classes

I'm not going to type much tonight- hoping the pictures speak for themselves.....but I want to note that wood block printing is LABOR INTENSIVE and, for most sixth and seventh graders, it is a huge safety responsibility due to working with chisels.

I loved watching them struggle through the frustrations of carving- I hope they learned a teeny, little bit about how to persevere.

I loved even more seeing their completed prints and knowing how much effort they put into it.

At the end of the project they edited their prints and matted them for completion......nicely done middle school!!!!



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Stop-motion animation with Poms Poms completed

One of the most amazing things about teaching kids how to tap into their creativity is witnessing the progress of what happens while they make art.
I wish that when you watched this video you could hear their voices when they said things like "Let's throw French fries on him!" when one of the pom poms broke and they took the little broken yarn pieces and added them to the video. Or that you could see them discussing with their peers what was going to happen next in the movie. I was amazed at how quickly they personified the pom poms as they morphed into little characters.
I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!!!