Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – Lincoln Logs Needed

In normal times, we allow a good fifteen minutes of each class for the students to have some engineering play with various building materials. We launch amazing team and group challenges at them, such as, build us a bridge 30cm high out of Kiva Blocks (or Legos, etc...). Or, make a tower as tall as … Continue reading Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – Lincoln Logs Needed

Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – Mecano Kits Needed

In normal times, we allow a good fifteen minutes of each class for the students to have some engineering play with various building materials. We launch amazing team and group challenges at them, such as, build us a bridge 30cm high out of Kiva Blocks (or Legos, etc...). Or, make a tower as tall as … Continue reading Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – Mecano Kits Needed

Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – Lego Blocks Needed

In normal times, we allow a good fifteen minutes of each class for the students to have some engineering play with various building materials. We launch amazing team and group challenges at them, such as, build us a bridge 30cm high out of Kiva Blocks (or Legos, etc...). Or, make a tower as tall as … Continue reading Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – Lego Blocks Needed

Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – Jenga Blocks Needed

In normal times, we allow a good fifteen minutes of each class for the students to have some engineering play with various building materials. We launch amazing team and group challenges at them, such as, build us a bridge 30cm high out of Kiva Blocks (or Legos, etc...). Or, make a tower as tall as … Continue reading Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – Jenga Blocks Needed

Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Resists – Cochineal Bath – Preparations…

Ok, this is a little nuts as far as prep time goes... well over six hours, so far... Here's the materials list: 1- Mordanted in Alum, we have: Two 11" x 11" piece of cotton; One 11" x 22" piece of cotton; One 10" x 40" piece of cotton; One 16" x 9" piece of … Continue reading Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Resists – Cochineal Bath – Preparations…

Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Resists – Different methods

We have the running stitch (Moku-me), Concertina folds, Bound Objects (Nemaki), Whip-stitch (Maki-nui), Pole-wrapping (Arashi), Clamping, Taping, & glue resist. I'm far from certain of all of this and I think it all falls under what the teacher called Shibori dying techniques. My research will be more complete when I publish the full results. Stay … Continue reading Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Resists – Different methods

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – More Compositions To Consider

We had a great class session in which we discussed different approaches to the composition. While doing it, I realized I wanted to paint more of my sculptures (well, I think I do). Almost three hours of fiddling about with different pieces of sculpture and materials, I finally came up with this composition, but I'm … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – More Compositions To Consider

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – One Considered Composition

I'm still not decided I want to go with this set-up. So, I needed to make a smaller sketch-painting on paper to see how I feel about it. First, I love the picture and feel there's a possibility here, I'm just not sure I can paint it well. One thing is for sure... I'll need … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – One Considered Composition

Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Apparently it is resists?!? – The Fabric prep stage.

Ok, so we got the ton of demos, articles, suggestions, images, how to's, instructions, jargon, etc... Ok, you get the picture... too. much information... then we got an email telling us to simply Mordant some fabric in Alum... that was also a little confusing, but she elaborated today and I got it done... as you … Continue reading Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Apparently it is resists?!? – The Fabric prep stage.

(Home) – Studio Painting – 4th Still-life Project: A Seven-Colour Challenge – Part 2 – Finishing Touches

I wasn't happy with the way I added the white, so I faded it out a little... then I saw loads of little places I could add some black lining for extra effect... I futzed with it for about... well, the length of a contemplative cold beer. Fuzzy-headed (yes, I'm a lightweight now... I'm old … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 4th Still-life Project: A Seven-Colour Challenge – Part 2 – Finishing Touches