While this isn’t the “maker” project for me (too much of a perfectionist to deal with the loose nature and all the imperfections that come with applying hot wax to muslin), I am happy I worked with 12 middle schoolers for 10 weeks and was exposed to something new. I love making things with my…
A few months back, the school where I am a librarian asked if I would be willing to help teach 10 eager middle schoolers how to batik. I had never batiked before, and knew very little about it. Of course, I found myself saying yes because I love learning new skills, being exposed to all…
I’m teaching the blogging portion of a photography class at my school this fall, and got to shoot my doggie cookies on this awesome 2d photo contraption as part of the blog demo day. So cool. I want one.
Showing some kids at school how to shoot for blogging. We played with fancy cameras and iphones and this simple iphone shot was my favorite of the day.
art substitute, 4.27
r.r. asked me to sub one of her studio classes a few weeks back, and I always jump at the opportunity to make art with the students. 8 a.m. creative juices are so difficult but I wanted to work while the kids worked. I could only come up with these rock candy mountain type peaks,…
licorice knitting, 6.8
It’s finally the end of the school year, which means much excitement at the prospect of nurturing my own creative endeavors; with that, I wanted my last knitting class to be playful and usually that means we bring candy, cakes, and all manner of sugar-filled foods for the gobbling. Instead of just eating (there was…
student progress, 5.20
More progress on that incredible turtle shell one of my student’s is working on; she has spent the entire year on the “Sheldon” project and learned tons of skills from it. This particular student loves to try to understand the pattern herself and asks questions after experimentation–the best kind of knitter, in my humble opinion.
student technique, 5.13
One of my students has been diligently working on this pattern all year. She hasn’t wavered; she hasn’t swayed. She has learned some serious skills from this particular pattern…and it’s all coming to fruition. With just a month left, there’s just the shell to be worked–and I swell with pride because this shell requires a…
paper cranes for japan, 5.13
The students at my school are folding paper cranes en masse; it’s all you see in the halls these days and is part of an effort to ship 1,000 of them to an organization that donates a whole bunch of relief money (in exchange for the cranes) to Japan in the wake of the tsunami.…
student rendering, 5.11
Apparently, in the eyes of one of my students, I have a very thick neck? Spied in the classroom this morning and now blushing as a result. Working with kids–such an adventure, indeed.
valentine pride, 2.14
One of my little knitters has been feverishly working for a week on Valentines gifts for Mum, Dad, and friends. C. ended up making these winged hearts; the one pictured above is for Mum and you can see on her face how pleased and excited she is with the end result. Nothing is better in…
beaming with pride, 1.13
One of my knitters has completed her first sweater! This is a monumental moment for me as a teacher, but also for AB, who has done something at 9th grade that I never dreamed since I was, for many years, dedicated solely to knitting smallish items, with zero patience for something as time consuming as…