Excuse the mess, it's Friday but allow me the opportunity to introduce the Tables. Our open art room is student directed. That means, students decide which direction they want to take the art they are creating. Many students come to class with ideas and are ready to jump in. However, some students are looking for new ideas, new opportunities, new techniques that they might not have known or thought about. That's where The Tables come in.
Each week we present a new theme with two new project ideas, one on each table. These table projects come with a quick demo as well as all the supplies needed to create a work of art. The theme and the project materials are set up for one week. The following week, there will be a new theme and two new project ideas.
Maybe the best way to explain this is to show you what happened this week. Our weekly theme was Textile.
Table One: Ugly Dolls
On the first table we set up all the materials needed to create an ugly doll. This included different types of materials, felt, googly eyes, hot glue guns, needles and thread and scissors. We presented a short demonstration which included a few examples of ugly dolls. After that, the students had at it.
Now not everyone made an ugly doll. The concept of the table is to provide a project idea for those who are looking for something different or are having trouble coming up with something on their own. Think of the tables as another option. Its all student directed
Sewing is not something everyone was interested in so we provided hot glue guns as a means of sealing the dolls. Still others that already new how to sew spent the time with the needle and thread. Some others, that didn't know how to sew, learned.
Also, not everyone made an ugly doll. Some students choose to make pillows, some square, some rectangles and some shaped like hearts.
We printed out a few examples of ugly dolls to give students a starting point. Some students designed their dolls ahead of time while other students started cutting without a plan. Both produce different results but both are acceptable methods of learning.
Well, some work out better than others.....
Table Two: Tie Dye
To continue with our textile theme, on table two we introduced tie dying. The students had to bring in their own garments, t-shirts, socks as such. We provided the dye, rubber bands and demo about various techniques that produce different results.
This is an interesting method for using a folding method. Also, the shirt was already blue. so this was a rather experimental piece. It's cool when students aren't afraid to experiment and try something where the results aren't guaranteed. In the end, it turned out really well.
Of course you can't go wrong wit the classic spiral.
Tied up and dying in process.
The final results
A bag of socks!
Next Week: Journaling and Tar Felt paper Painting
A Now that textile week is over, its time to set up for next week. Our theme will be journaling and will also include felt paper painting. See you then!
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