Thursday, December 31, 2009

More Book Projects/Projects with Words

These types of projects are perennial favorites-
I ask for a polished, finished projects requiring a format- a box, a frame- contained in some way...
Medium of choice.
Lyrics, poems, quotations of choice.
I love these- My students do great work!


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Archetypes- 3DD


The world is made up of types- here are some of the ones we chose to represent- the witch, the athlete, the maiden, the musician and the mystic madman.

The witch face is Sculptamold on wood, the maiden and the mystic- fired clay, the athlete and rock star- masking tape on popsicle sticks with hands, face and feet of Sculpey. If you give free choice to your students- be aware that the Sculptamold takes far less time....

We did some research to get a feel for the universality of character types:
Jungian Archetypes
Tarot Cards (characters) and Stock Characters (in theatre)
Commedia dell'Arte


Monday, December 28, 2009

Mass MoCA revisited


Two students chose to work through the eyes of Sol LeWitt, using the wall pieces they saw at Mass MoCA as inspiration. These are approximately 3 x 4 ft...big...and nice. Or nice and big?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Paper-Cut Cards

Antsy kids enjoyed making paper cards using instructions from the book "Made with Paper" by Florence Temko, which is only available as a used book at this time. I have to admit, these are my examples, which deviated more and more from the original models as the day wore on- exactly the point!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sweater Birds

Red sweater (Salvation Army -shrunk in dryer), wool felt, beads, trim, paper bag, wooden square and dowel, paint.






Thursday, December 3, 2009

Field Trip to Mass MoCA

Even though Mass MoCA is about 2 1/2 hours away, the eight students who took the trip enjoyed themselves, as did I.  We were particularly moved by Pawel Wojtasik's piece in 360 degrees (projected on the walls of a round room) which "addresses the relationship between New Orleans and its surrounding waters, focusing most specifically on the effects of industry on the disappearing wetlands (blog.massmoca.org)."
We appreciated the work of Sol LeWitt, whose work will be exhibited for 25 years in its own 3 story building. Students pondered the time involved in making complex work, whether they liked the final product or not.  What restores me always is the thought that - whether you like it, hate it, or are repulsed by it...whether you find it boring, exciting or incomprehensible....art displayed in a space such as Mass MoCA's is a visual Candyland, an escape from everyday life. Yeah!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Waffle Faces Pre-Thanksgiving

We unleashed a little creativity in the classroom during a half day before vacation.  Next year: whipped cream,too!