|Sam and Dan all snuggled in at Epa and Nana's house|
Friday, February 25, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Michelle's book, above.
I'm making an "altered book" from all the scraps from the printmaking. Two pages done, and only 100 more to go...someone left an old, thin book in the recycled books area, so I thought it would be a good one to work on. It has 136 pages, but I'm going to glue some of them together to make thick pages on which to build my altered book.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
We're in the middle of this lesson - after the prints are made, the students will make something out of the papers. Perhaps it will be a "pop-up" or a "book". Or perhaps, when the prints are just lovely as they are, the print will be matted and framed by a parent (one hopes). This is a good lesson for color theory - what goes and what doesn't. (In one photo, one of my students is working independently on "costumes" drawings.) The last photo in this set has one of the "books" to which I referred. It's done with two sheets of prints. One set is cut and folded into the "book" and the other set is cut and inserted into each "page" of the "book". The book is tied together with eight strings that are knotted on top and bottom of the book. You need four hands to do this - so the students give each other two helping hands. The strings that are left hanging are then decorated with beads and knots. (the first print is my "prototype" for the students' edification)
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I took some photos of the students working on their
watercolor pictures, and two examples of their
printmaking from leaves. I think the watercolor
painting was the most difficult assignment they've
had to do. But they're really getting into developing
color combinations with the printmaking, as well
as learning something about color theory and mixing.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Love this last one!!! Basically, we set up different still lifes within a box,
and the kids decided how they would interpret the set-up. They could go
traditional, or fantasy, surrealistic, etc. The last two got into the fantasy/
surrealistic theme. The fact that the items were in a box meant that no one
could move the objects, and the same light source was always present.
Some of these are rather light; others are more bold in the color work. But
no one used the prismacolor pencils with a heavy hand. That's not bad!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I thought that it was appropriate to look snowy - especially since we've had such cold, cold weather. I'm looking forward to giving it to him. It has one of the "Sonnets From the Portugese" inside as the verse, done in ink that matches the blue-gray background. The print was made by inking an artificial leaf, then printing it several times as an overlay, on blue-gray paper. If anyone wants more details, I'll be glad to supply them.