29 April 2013

Monday Motivations - Rachel Ritchford - 29 April 2013

Rachel Ritchford


26 April 2013

Friday Photos - 26 April 2013

What a lovely mess of 5th grade projects :)  I see weavings, Islamic Name Tiles, Mondrian studies, and a little Op Art in there too. 


A little recycling - I'll find something to do with these

And trying my hand at zentangles in prep for Camp next week.

24 April 2013

Wednesday Works - Huichol Yarn Paintings with 2nd grade

Isn't this just wonderful?

 To create a true yarn painting, we should be using beeswax to press our yarns onto the board, however I didn't find any beeswax in my cabinets (which actually surprised me a little, there's a lot in there to use!)

Instead we limited the surface area we would be covering with yarn to just our animal choices.  Each matboard piece needed a boarder or frame of yarn surrounding the animal as well.

On day one we did the planning with animal sketches, drawing onto the matboard, and then a simple yarn outline of as much of the animal as possible.   This initial outlining gave a bit of a base or anchor point for the students to fill in the centers next week.

 I've found on the days when a student tries to outline and fill in at the same time, the yarn gets very wiggly and moves all around, which makes it a challenge for them.  If the initial outlining can be done on the first day, everyone can be happier.

After yarn is added and animals are filled in, we complete the background space  in the same manner but using markers.  This tends to "speed up" the completion of the project and still give us a similar look as the yarn.

I'll edit this post with completed projects tomorrow,  I thought I had a few on file but I must have missed them...

18 April 2013

Wednesday works (Thursday edition) - first grade 3-D houses

A square, a rectangle, and a bottle of glue are all you need to make a simple 3-D paper house with 1st grade.

 here's a quick step-by-step in photos of what we did...

 fold a small tab

 fold in half

 fold in half again

 open and identify floor, walls and roof

 reverse this folded edge

 put glue on the tab and attach

 for the roof - fold in half

 fold tabs on each side like "alligator teeth"

 attach to the top of the house

A few simple folds and we have these cute little houses at the end of day one.  We try to work together as a group to help because there are a few directions to complete along the way.

Day two is the addition of windows and doors and adding some "property" under our houses.

A repeat of our simple house folds to get some steps.

To finish up, next week we will be working on trees, bushes and yard details.

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