Sorry, I've been working really hard at passing Physics! I got a D and an F on the first two tests, but I've been Physics-ing my brains out and got a B- on last week's test!!!! :) :) :)
Also, I've been babysitting a lot so that I can afford gas for my new-to-me car!!!! It is pretty awesome, not only does it run, but it has a sunroof!!!
Aaaand - I've been doing Weight Watchers and so far I have lost 10.9 lbs!!!!
Okay, that is enough news! Art project photos after the cut!
We had to make a Clay Community of at least 5 buildings that represent something we like to do. I made a Viking Treasure Necklace History Museum to represent my SCA activities. The red and white thing is actually a working spin-top - I figure it is the toys & gaming area! The Turtle Brooches have an imprint of my actual brooches! Also, we were supposed to use Tempera Paint in class, but I used acrylic on the brooches. ;) We used Crayola Air Dry Clay and it is amazing!!!! It runs about $5 for a tub (about regular Country Crock size) and I had half a tub left after making those and about 5 more beads and another top (without a hole - that spins AMAZINGLY!) We have used a lot of my leftover clay in a Largess making Project! ;) (I will post photos when the project is done and the Largess has been given!)
|Viking Treasure Necklace|
We talked about special needs students and how art can be really powerful in their lives. We watched a documentary in class, called Shooting Beauty, about a woman who gave cameras to people with cerebral palsy and how powerful their photographs are and what a strong voice they now have. It was really good. You can watch a News Spot on Vimeo.
We also did an experiential activity where we wore paper blindfolds and had to create a standing structure with pieces of drinking straws.
|It is hard to take "Selfies" while blindfolded|
|This is my structure - minus two straws that my cat stole.|
We spent a class doing self-lead centers - actual centers my teacher uses with fourth grade students. We could do them in any order we liked, so I have numbered them in the order we did them:
Center 1 = Check out some online comic strips:
and another one I didn't write down because I didn't really like it!
Center 2 - Part A - look through magazines and find a head that you like, cut it out, paste it to your paper, and draw a contrasting body.
|Yep, I made her into a Reptar/Godzilla type monster|
Part B - Find a body and draw a contrasting head.
Center 3 - Draw two objects as you saw them on the table and then color it as we wished:
|The dinosaur was at a really odd angle - it didn't quite look so weird, but my art is closer than you'd think!|
Center 4 - Make a 3-panel school-friendly comic strip. There were people who did not ever leave this center and so there wasn't room for me and I ended up taking my comic home (and got to work on it for a longer time!) I had recently watched Wil Wheaton's "Why it's Awesome to be a Nerd" (You really should watch the video!)
I couldn't fit all of it on there, so I drew three different kinds of nerds and used his "really important" advice,
"Be Honest, Kind, Honorable, Work Hard. . . and Always Be Awesome."
I brought two girls whom I babysit with me to class one night. They are 4 and 10. During that class we listened to a story, The Leopard's Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa, and learned about Adinkra cloth - a cloth with patterns that are made by stamping. We used (I will get the name from my teacher) and carved our own stamps with linoleum carving tools. I let the 4 year old draw on two small pieces, and I drew a few others. The ten year old was really into her own drawing and at first did not want to participate. Although I got her into it by first suggesting she just draw a stamp, and then by asking if she wanted to try carving it! She did really great!
For some reason, I'm missing one of the ones by the 4-year-old. :(
|Mine on the back of the 4-year-olds' stamp|
|10 year old's stamp|
|Designed by 4 year old - carved by me|
|I was attempting one of the designs we learned about|
The Photos on the Left and Right are most of the "Adrinka Cloths" created by my classmates.
The photo on the Right also contains our Comic Strips!
|The Artwork made by the 4 year old!|