Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I let the students choose which printing process they wanted to do. They enjoyed both but I still like the watercolor one. :-) Students used mr. sketch watercolor/washable markers and colored their foam plate. I then carried a squirt bottle and sponge around when they were ready to print. Students squirted 2-3 sprays and sponged the paper... laid the wet side on top of the foam and pressed. They also really enjoyed using the brayers, so it was like the best of both worlds yesterday for them.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Oh the fish prints! They loved it, although some of them had to print twice because of too much ink. Students learned about the Japanese tradition of fish printing impressions. We discussed what Japan is currently going through and why our school was collecting money for them...all in all a well rounded learning experience of inking fish. :0)
Relating radial symmetry to a pizza! First make 2 large circles for your crust....then divide your pizza in 1/2 for you and a friend...wait 2 more friends show up...divide in 1/2 again. How many slices of pizza do we have? 4! Now, find your center point and remember your designs have to go in each slice so everyone's slice looks the same and balance..... I was a little over excited that day. :-)
Our curriculum states that students are to create a quilt block and learn about the 3 layers. Well, last year I had this idea of well why not throw in another step and add stuffing to make a pillow. Lots of work but in the end, I have many stories that make me smile.
Students first learned about the history of quilting, and embroidery. They were asked to tell a story on one block and had to write a paragraph with their sketch. On the other side, they had a little artistic freedom. Students then used fabric markers which were donated by donorschoose.org to design their squares. I taught most of them in 3rd last year the basics of stitching. I was amazed at how some of them improved!
The clay lady has a flower pot project which includes pinch pot on the bottom with a row of coil designs on top. I used air dry clay and I'm happy to say that I only touched the clay during the teacher check to smooth pieces together. The previous class students used crayola modeling clay to practice making their designs. :-)