Thursday, December 10, 2015

Star Books - Student Teaching / Middle School Art

I decided to create a quite a challenging project for my last lesson as a student teacher.  Eighth grade art students learned about the ancient Japanese art of suminagashi and then created their own suminagashi-inspired print to cover become their book cover.   
Then students chose a winter poem to study and use to plan out a narrative for their book.  Of course, I had to include one of my favorite poets, the late NH native Robert Frost; and threw in some of his famous winter poems, such as "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "Storm Fear".  Students then create a wordless 5 page book, in which they doubled paper to create cut out areas that became negative space and used line and ink wash to narrate their poem.  It was an open-ended project, with many opportunities for students to use divergent thinking and creative problem solving. 
I enjoyed seeing them become excited to see their plans come to life and how the book became a 3D sculpture when open and tied with the attached ribbons. 
 


 
Some Pages from the books...
 
 


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