Thursday, February 24, 2011

craftomania

I spent 4 and a half hours last night working on my presentation for class next week & woke up this morning, too excited about creating the samples to go back to bed!

We're supposed to create a multicultural art lesson and teach the class about the culture and provide a hands-on activity. Hopefully, you all know how I am so you know I can't do just one project. Instead, I created a 6 project unit on the Maori culture for K through 5th grades. It is rockin'! I want to make samples for all 6 projects so I'll be doing some of those today. The good thing about organizing lessons for elementary is that the samples don't take very long for teachers to make, whereas in high school, it can take days, sometimes weeks or months to finish (depending on how dedicated you are to your job).

I really got so excited about learning about the art of the indigenous people of New Zealand that I had trouble meditating last night and was too in the zone to really talk to Albert for more than a few minutes, too. I won't post the lessons or the samples or the process until after class next week in case if fellow students peek at this blog a little early and decide it's old news when I present it. The best kind of prize is a surprise!

Today at noon was a talk with Terry Barrett, an art educator who has written extensively on the interpretation of art. I decided to cave in, pay the $5 parking, and join the other grad students who signed up. How many chances do you get to bring a lunch and plop down in a classroom with just a handful of other people and listen to such an expert on art education enlighten you? That's what I thought. It was fantastic!

There's also a talk open to the public at 5:00 in room S150 if anyone is interested in going. Lucky for me, my night class today is meeting there so we can listen in on this man's pearls of wisdom. I am looking forward to today extensively.

Yesterday I went to Michaels to purchase E6000 (since my last tube dried out a while ago) and I noticed that they had large plastic animals in their dollar section. I limited myself to one for the sake of experimentation and I was a success! I took a sharp kitchen knife and managed to cut the head off of the giraffe. Don't be upset, it was for the sake of art. I plan on casting resin in the hollow head of the giraffe, a large dinosaur that I found in a geocache, and a large plastic grasshopper that was at Target's dollar section. Before the resin is casted, I am going to stick a large screw into the resin so that it dries inside of the head of the animals with the end sticking out. Then, I will drill a hole into the wooden panel that I am going to purchase and I will use wingnuts to secure the animal heads into place (assuming that the length of the screws won't prevent the wood from going up against the wall but I haven't worried about that yet) and voila! I will have a coat rack made from the heads of plastic animals, just like the one I posted about forever ago! Here's an image to refresh your memory:


Problem: I wanted one so badly. I don't have $$. Solution? Make it myself! Yay!

Here's some images of other things in progress or completed from this week...

Day of the Dead Altar box dedicated to crafting (this project is moving slowly...)

Hamburger/Hotdog Earring Set (took like 5 seconds, a jump ring, and fish hook earrings)

A card I made for our class to sign to thank Mr. Morehead for letting us visit his art collection last week

& I got to paint a lot this week but, again, I can't talk more about that until March. Boo hiss!

See you tomorrow!
-Katie B

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