The Elementary grades reviewed classroom procedures and policies for the first bit of class, then we made our new sketchbook covers for this year! Each student picked their favorite color from my construction paper and folded it to make a book cover. They then decorated the whole thing any way they wanted! Most of these students I had last year, but the third graders are all new to me! They were so well behaved and a little hesitant when they walked in, but they were soon relaxed and having fun!
6th & 7th Grade
The foundations classes created their own hand-bound sketchbooks using a Coptic sewing technique. We started off on the first day by making some colorful and crazy paste paper for our covers, it is always so fun to get right into making art! We then spend a few days learning classroom expectations and preparing the pages for binding. After demonstrating the sewing process on Thursday, the students got right to work! I was so impressed by this years group, they listened well and were able to get the hang of the process in record time! The books were all finished and beautiful by Friday!
The photography class spend some time learning about traditional film processes and history of the medium. We then did an outdoor workshop where the students experimented with Cyanotypes (sun prints). Each student received a treated paper and placed an object on top, then set it in the sun to expose. Rinsing the print removes the excess treatment and reveals bright blue color.