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In graphic arts we study and learn to make images intended to be used.  One of the subjects I assigned the other day was a quick research of the the “Hello Kitty” image. The students found out it was an image drawn by a woman, Shimizu for the Sanrio corporation, who owns the image.  Another part of the assignment was to draw some kitties  using  the paint/draw program of their choice and a 16 bit program.  The images below are from that assignment.

Mr. Casey K did a great job with a simple cat drawing and a photo background.

Ms. Avery did a nice, painterly approach to drawing kitties here.

Sandal Making

I’m always saving stuff that glitters because I see many young children that like that sort of thing.   So I find this roll of green mesh fabric that has glitter embedded in it.

This is the roll of stuff.  I personally didn’t care for it because it kept leaking glitter as it was handled, I almost threw it away.

So the student take the insoles out of a shoe or maybe it was pad in a shoe, she grabbed some tools,  and proceeded to punch holes in it.

She rolled the fabric into a rope/tube, poked  and pulled it through the insole, added some knots…

…and made a wearable sandal!  I take no credit other than staying out of the way. She got no help from me.  But I could not have been more pleased to see a young student grab materials and tools and bend it to her will.

She wore them out of the room!  What a great project from a great kid!  I really need to do this with a class.



Books and Boxes

This particular day we were making books.  This is a good example of of a young fairy princess visiting my class.

This is an example of a small folded book.   Somewhere I learned how to fold a piece of rectangular into an eight page book.  Weirdly, they same folds, with slightly different cuts can be turned into a box.  See below

Above is the boxes that are basically the same folds as the book mentioned above. I recently figured this out.  I’ll put a post up with the instructions eventually.


Below are some pictures of the small books we made.  Some were folded, some where held together with little brass fasteners/rivets. I tried to hide the staplers so they would be forced to do something a bit different.  I figured they had stapled paper together before and called it book.



Below are some pictures of boxes  that use basically the same fold as the book above.  It a fun project.  The older students make stuff with the boxes in a modular fashion and the young kids learn to fold paper in half accurately.

Might be the smallest yet!

This student worked quickly-all this was done in a 1/2 hour period.

They bought this back to finish the large basket.  Next year I will do this project before Easter so the basket idea can be incorporated.

Another wonderful student who worked  fast-she knocked these out quickly!