Friday, April 6, 2012
A taste of things to come - more dragons
Every year my 6th graders do a tooling foil relief project. I switch up the theme to keep myself from getting bored. Last year was African masks, with a group of uber-talented kids. Other favorite themes have been Medieval shields, and Egyptian faces.
This year the challenge was dragons, and the first kids are now done. I think this was a real challenge for these kids. The details were tough for them to do. In the end I offer color choices of permanent markers or acrylic paints mixed with ModPodge to a glossy transparency, and suggest only minimal color - for example JUST the eye of the dragon. But they have resisted and are going overboard with color :(
The girl whose work is at the top of the post used paint, and wanted to also paint the moon PINK until I talked her out of it.
The boy who made the dragon on the left below had a really striking piece until he started scribbling colors everywhere. We tried to get it off (unsuccessfully) so he blocked in some areas with color instead. It's definitely not as successful as it was just black and silver with a red eye.
The girl who made the dragon on the right (if you can find it in the image) really overdid EVERYTHING, but, in the end, said to me "I absolutely LOVE the way my project turned out!" And what can be better than hearing that from a 6th grade girl who has attitude-plus?
By the way, they selected a piece of mat board in either black or an assortment of colored scraps I have, and then used metallic markers - to sign their names - and then of course went overboard decorating the mats as well. (Hearts? On a dragon?) Oh well - they are enamored with the metallic markers I have and there's just so many times I can say "KEEP IT SIMPLE".
Now that I've posted this I feel like I'm officially on vacation! Passover starts at sunset tonight. Have a happy holiday everyone!