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 – 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

(Home) – Studio Painting – 4th Still-life Project: A Seven-Colour Challenge – Part 2 – Adding Texture and WHITE.

Following my teacher's advice to put in white against the black and being bold about it is, well, frustrating for me to do... I have to let go... The funny thin g is that I always thought I did let go when making... So, I just let go and allowed it to happen. This is … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 4th Still-life Project: A Seven-Colour Challenge – Part 2 – Adding Texture and WHITE.

(Home) – Studio Painting – 4th Still-life Project: A Seven-Colour Challenge – Part 2 – First Layers of Colour

I needed to start with the black, making broad areas over the simple pencil sketch. I really wasn't feeling it at first... I just didn't like my new palette choices. As I let it dry a little I started to visualize the changes I could make... the more I visualized it, the more I felt … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 4th Still-life Project: A Seven-Colour Challenge – Part 2 – First Layers of Colour

(Home) – Studio Painting – 4th Still-life Project: A Seven-Colour Challenge – Part 2 – A Possible Set-Up

As I thought, I needed to do another composition for the 7-colour challenge... Also, I needed to use different sculptures for the still-life. I've used here several of my tiki-head vessels. I dove into the painting and will show the the rambling progress in the next couple of days... Stay tuned...

Re-Imagining Tim Burton – Making Monstrous Stuffies for Grade 5 & 6

Re-Imagining Tim Burton – Making Skeletal Puppets for Grade 3 & 4

An Impromptu Lesson in Craftiness – Scrap Material Canvas Stretcher

During a recent Zoom class, which normally lasts about four hours, I realized I have a really hard time attending to four hours of video talking... ARG! It just hurts my eyes and I feel drained from the focused attention on the screen. Ok, enough complaining, Mario!!! While the class was on,. I needed to … Continue reading An Impromptu Lesson in Craftiness – Scrap Material Canvas Stretcher