This week at our Friday workshop we looked at the work of one of my favorite artists, Alexander Calder. Usually when I introduce Calder, we make shapes out of paper or cardboard for our mobiles. This time I decided to use make up sponges instead. I love the colorful ones in funky shapes but the white ones were easier to find in bulk. The kiddos colored them with markers and stuck gardening wire into each one. Balance was a tough concept but I think they did pretty well. They were all excited to take them home. I call that a success ;)
Sir Ken Robinson’s mission is to “ transform the culture of education and organizations with a richer conception of human creativity and intelligence. ”
I had the opportunity to see him speak in person almost 10 years ago and it lit a fire in me that has only grown. Thank you for verbalizing what I and many others had been struggling to articulate.
Please visit his site here and wake up!
The best thing about inheriting someone’s classroom is what they leave behind in the closet. I have had these cut pieces of thin rubber strings sitting, waiting for some inspiration. We started creating a “printing block” using longish strands of yarn but the printing plate needed something extra. A little masking tape, paint and voila, a new use for those rubber “spaghetti” strips!
We used the same technique of painting the printing block, burnishing and lifting the print from the plate. The result can be hit or miss but after all, exploring and understanding what doesn’t work is an important part of the process as well.