Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Courage Day 2015 (aka Michaelmas)

The dragon came, and each of the 2 second grades faced their fears!  Our school now has 2 separate campuses, thus 2 Geaorge and the Dragon plays.  I help the 6th grade create the dragon for the play...the wings created by one of the classes was spectaculor!!!  At the end of the school day, we have a Courage day festival, with lots of feats of courage for all the kiddos!!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

7th grade watercolor VanGogh like paintings.

I do not teach painting, but these 7th grade Van Gogh like paintings really were so beautiful!  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dye Day!

                                                   Oh , hey! This is my 100th post!

Time to dye yarn with Grade 5!  I've posted this before, but we use kool-aide to dye the yarn. I soak natural hanks of yarn from Brown Sheep  in vinegar and water overnight, and dye the next day.

After having done this for many years, I think I've finally streamlined this and have it down!  This can be done in one 50 minute class if you are prepared, but more time is better.  The yarn sits in the sun in those baggies for days (I have the students put them out in the morning, and bring back in at the end of the school day). The next class we have in a week, we will rinse and hang the yarn to dry.

Have I mentioned I have 2 fifth grades, both at about 30 students...that's a lot of dyeing!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Welcome to the 2015/2016 School Year!

Oh boy, here we go again with good intentions of keeping up posts on this blog...has it really been 2 years? Well, there are a few projects that happened in that time, and here is one that was really successful with an 8th grade class.  Ladies and gents, regard the Adobe wood burning outdoor oven!  I used the plans from Sunset magazine:  http://www.sunset.com/garden/how-to-sunset-classic-adobe-oven

note the can for the back vent

mixing the adobe, using clay from the garden

working on the door

adding adobe mixture to wire form
The door!

Forming opening to oven with curved flashing

Keeping adobe moist so not too many cracks

Burning out the cardboard barrel


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I'm back, kind of...

Hi everyone!  I am still here and teaching handwork!  I just have not been on top of this blog but I have so much to post and so many pictures!  Keep in touch, I will be back after I figure out some technical difficulties!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

7th Grade Marionettes

Oh, I am guilty of neglecting this Blog...part because of being busy, but mostly because I lost the connecter that allows me to download pictures from my crappy camera.  I found it! So in the next few weeks I will update the projects from this year (there is only really one week left of school!).  

I recently went for it and got a fancy smart phone, so I will be able to post on the spot....as soon as I can figure out how that works, lol...

So...here are some pictures of some needle felting from the 7th graders.  I had planned on a much more controlled project, but this took on a life of its own right from the start.  They started needle felting before I could even give instructions, as though they had been doing it all their lives (they hadn't)...and they didn't break that many needles in the process.  They also wrote and performed short sketches, which at first were supposed to be for the Kindergarten, but only one was appropriate for the little ones.  I let them have fun with it!  Here ya go:

Some of the pictures are works in progress.