Wednesday, February 29, 2012

san diego moderns

Ellamarie and Jackson Woolley, 1950s. Enamel on copper

Walter Chapman, 1959.

Kay Whitcomb, 1970. Enamel on steel.


Images from a visit to San Diego's Craft Revolution, at the Mingei in San Diego. Part of Pacific Standard Time. Baby says see it until April 15, 2012.

Monday, February 27, 2012

last week's library free pile

Title > 7 words = free pile.

All three were picked up on the same day, including math book. Same palette..!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fundamentals of Mathematics

Fundamentals of Mathematics, by Edwin I. Stein. Leeds Junior High School Philadelphia. Allyn and Bacon Inc., 1959.

Monday, February 20, 2012

happy birthday george

Last week the second grade class completed step two of the George portraits that were started earlier in the month. 

I'm a volunteer, so I'm there to support the teacher's class goals. She was hoping to bundle a portraiture lesson with Presidents' month. Originally we thought we might do a lesson in head drawing for the class, but that can be hard to get motivated for when you're 8 and your model's a famous likeness and been dead for 200 years. So choosing the Betty Edwards method of right-brain drawing seemed the best choice for this age group to help them keep focus on process. I made a simplified line drawing of George that could be completed in 30 minutes, and they drew it upside down in pencil on tan-colored paper.

The students went over the lines in marker, because there is a comfort level there for them with this. It's what they practice in class. Next time it would be great to see them go for it in marker from the beginning. Their original lines are so fresh and truly great, but they are still learning to trust that.

We made frames to give an opportunity for scissor practice and complete them for classroom display. I provided students with a sheet of dark brown construction paper with a large oval traced in the center (with small hole for starter opening), two light brown squares to cut in half for the corner triangles, and a printout of the yellow banner with the word Washington on it (that they traced in black marker in their own handwriting). They cut and assembled the frames first and set it aside. 

Then they traced over their own lines in black marker and added color with oil pastel. 

 With the finished piece, the students got to experience line, oil pastel, and badly needed scissor practice all the while satisfying class curriculum by honoring a famous American. Nice work, second graders! Happy Presidents' Day to all!

Friday, February 17, 2012

moth visitor

He's furry, like a six legged teddy bear.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

froebel fascination

Inventing Kindergarten by Norman Brosterman, Abrahms, 1997
My new book arrived: !!! This is Inventing Kindergarten by Norman Brosterman, about Friederich Froebel (1782-1852), the inventor of kindergarten. I'm reading it cover to cover and it is ridiculously fascinating. The program taught spiritual unity demonstrated through principles of art, mathematics, design, and natural science. You can see how the seeds of what was to become Modernism were planted in original kindergarten students like a wee Frank Lloyd Wright. Traces of the original kindergarten remain in public education today, but we all know how that ended up.For more information/ inspiration, see:

If you live in the NY area, more is coming your way:

Wow, one more:

Vasily Kandinsky’s Composition 8 from 1923, recreated with kindergarten gifts number 7 (paper parquetry), 8 (sticks), 9 (rings), 14 (weaving), 15 (slats), and 16 (jointed slats).