Dice for Physical Education

It’s always nice to work with other teachers so that students can see how the different subjects are related.  In this case, the visual arts were working on 3-d paper constructions and and Phys Ed(Ms. Vocke) was working on activities and exercises that students felt led to a healthy body.  We both worked together to design a project that would link both subjects.

Part of the assignment  was to construct a box using one of the 3 methods the students learned in art.

The boxes were to  labeled with letters or numbers that would correspond to a phys ed activity that the student thought would be beneficial to overall physical health.

Here you can see the written element placed with the overly large, and not all that practical dice.

This is really more the size I was going for, but I really like that the student  was working big, and would not have wanted to to discourage her!  Plus it was easier to take pictures of.



Congratulations to Amelia W!

Congratulations to Amelia W!

An artist from amoung us at Bethel entered and won a prize in an art contest sponsored by the Tipp City Area Arts Council. 

Below is the wonderful picture of a butterfly she did.  Thanks to her parents for the encouragement and driving the piece in.  Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Mono-Printing, Fall 2017


I’ve started out every year with printmaking for the past few years now.  It involves paint/ink, making a mess and the potential to learn a new method of working and some new vocabulary.  We talk about mono printing, relief printing, and intaglio printing along with learning such words as, carve, brayer, plate, Plexiglas, ink, etc.

We start with mono printing

Here the students is applying the ink/paint.

Next is using the brayer to roll the ink out evenly

Here the student is just making a quick scribble because I’m taking pictures to show the various steps the student has to go through for the making of a mono print

In this step the paper is being laid gently down on plate with the design.

Then the pulling of the print.

Here’s the final piece.  It goes pretty quick and the students have to take turns going around the table.


This is a short vid of a a young student making a mono-print.



Personal Collage

This was just a quick assignment to see where student interests lie and a quick review of insert, copy, and paste commands.  See if you can guess which student did each collage.






Origami and Then Some


I personally like folding, cutting, gluing, and in many various ways, manipulating paper.  With the very young you’re teaching the concept of following directions, folding in half(first hit at fractions) and the concept of flat(2-d) and not flat(3-d). With older students I always point out that cars start out as flat pieces of metal that are folded, pushed and otherwise coerced into car shapes. DNA is folded, our brain is folded, and so many things can be studied analogously by studying paper sculpture.

Below are some general shots of some paper projects, all trying to teach something.


The dog and cat faces are pretty simple origami stuff. Most start with three folds, with decoration added via pencil, crayon, marker, etc.  With the very little I’m pushing for them to know that folding a square diagonally will result in a triangle. The older ones remember the process and then add a bit of age capable sophistication through alterations and decorations.


After we do paper folding for a class or two we move onto paper folding and construction.  Here Ms. Clare has made a box and hopefully with use it in a modular fashion to create something else sometime.