Saturday, May 15, 2010

Flip Books

After being introduced to animation through Keith Haring's flip books and Walt Disney animation studios, third graders then created their own flip book animations. I think the results are aaaamazing! :) Check out what Mrs. Floyd's class came up with.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Adinkra Prints

Second graders studied the Adinkra printmaking process of the Ashanti in Ghana, Africa. We learned about the symbolism and  function of Adinkra cloth, and then created our own symbols / stamps for the prints. We also got to explore a giant traveling map of Africa on loan from National Geographic at the end of the lesson.

Students' stamps with Adinkra symbols

The Story of Love and Peace - Priscilla

The Sun Shine - Daniel

The Life of Print - Kamryn

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Story Quilts

After reading Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold, first graders created their own story quilts about an experience they had (either real or imagined). At first, students created a small watercolor painting and used patterned paper to collage their borders. As the project continued, a student asked if they could make an actual uilt. I thought why not, and decided to use burlap for students to transfer their images onto. First graders seemed to really enjoy this project. They had some lively sewing circles going on and they did a really great job of helping each other out with the sewing. At the very least, they got a lot of practice tying knots!

My House by Alexis
My House. My house is a rainbow. The tree is brown and green. I love my house because I like my tree. I played when I was little.

The Taj Mahal by Serena
This is me and the Taj Mahal. It's beautiful here! The Taj Mahal is white. I used to go there when I was little. The Taj Mahal was built long, long ago. The Taj Mahal is the tallest building in India.

Paul's awesome presentation of Leaving the Atmosphere. Too cute.