Saturday, October 30, 2010

Drying Rack?

Our solution to not having a drying rack..............these are stackable shelves turned on their sides.  Found in many stores for approx. $4 each.  The width is 9", so 9x12" art fits fine.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Artist Quote

Ansel Adams: Half Dome, Apple Orchard, Yosemit...Image via Wikipedia
"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."  Ansel Adams, American, February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Huichol Yarn Painting

Photo of Wixarika (Huichol) woman and child on...Image via Wikipedia
Here's a "cultural art" lesson my students recently's called "Yarn Painting".
This lesson idea came from a textbook called ARTTALK by Rosalind Ragans. The Huichol people live in Central Mexico and are known for their bright colorful yarn art. When creating their yarn paintings they cover a board with hot melted wax, then adhere the yarn before it dries. Sometimes they also use tree sap instead of wax for adhering the yarn. Needless to say we didn't have the time to gather tree sap, and I believe I would've had a student mutiny on my hands if I told my students we'd be doing the project the authentic way. So instead we used glue.

Also, instead of paying tribute to various gods of nature as the Huichol do, we used Christian symbols in our art.

Ours are done on boards that I had from a leftover project years ago, but cardboard would also work fine. Remind the students often that the goal is to cover the entire background with yarn. Also suggest to your students that they use a paperclip for sometimes tapping the yarn down into the glue, rather than their fingers all the time.
These were done by high school students, but younger students could do this project too. I would make their boards approx. 4x6" - ours were bigger.

BIG Thanks to North County Christian High School students for their awesome effort!

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