Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
We are starting a paper cutting project, and at this level, students have enough dexterity and responsibility to handle pen knives. With great power comes great responsibility. Here is how I deal with this dangerous tool in my classroom.
First, I scare them a bit. I tell them the only time I ever had a student go to the hospital because of something going wrong in my classroom was when a student violated the only real rule with using a pen knife:
DON'T CUT TOWARDS YOUR SELF.
You entered with 10 fingers and want to leave with all them? Don't violate this rule.
|Don't let this happen to you...|
1. Don't cut towards yourself.
2. Always have protective cap on when traveling around the room.
3. When we are cleaning up, I have to see all 30 back in their storage rack or no one leaves.
4. Always use a cutting board underneath.
|My handmade storage rack.|
|Knives with caps|
After we go over this, I do a demo which includes the cutting challenges I think they need to pass in order to successfully complete their designs. I also show them how to maintain the knife, in case the blade falls out.
1. Cutting a straight line.
2. Cutting a curvy/wavy line.
3. Cutting out a free form shape.
4. Cutting out a shape near another shape, but with a sliver of paper dividing them.
5. Cutting out a shape within a shape, using "paper bridges" to hold the shape in place.
|the Cutting Challenge on a scrap of paper.|
I also am proud to say after 10 years of teaching art, I finally upgraded my knife from beyond the el cheapo student grade to a fancy ergonomic version. It includes blade storage and anti roll bump! Woo Hoo!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Just as Newsweek publishes a story on the disappearing reef, my students endeavor to paint in the blacklight, focusing on coral reefs.the project starts with coloring pages of coral reefs as reference, so students can see the shapes of coral, tropical fish, etc. Here are a few of the pages they used.
Next, students used fluorescent tempera paints to fill in the animals, coral and sand. Regular black and blue tempera was used as outlining and water.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Four Freedoms Poster Project is based on the artwork of Norman Rockwell. The artwork of Norman Rockwell is based on the 1941 State of the Union Speech by FDR.
Commonly known as the Four Freedoms Speech, Roosevelt outlined four essential human freedoms in the speech.
"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation Ca healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb."—Franklin D. Roosevelt, excerpted from the State of the Union Address to the Congress, January 6, 1941
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
Started on our clay whistles a while back, and now we are on glazing. I will add photos of finished projects next week.
Every year, the ceramics project is one of the more science driven projects. We have evaporation, cooling, vitrification, heat, transformation, such an amazing array of components coming together to make beautiful art.