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Re: [teacherartexchange] Fat books


From: Ellen McMillan (studio31m_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jun 29 2009 - 10:06:21 PDT

Hi Bunkie!
Sounds like you are having fun with your books! Here are some links you may find interesting (if you haven't already discovered them). Have a great summer "bookin" it!
Ellen McMillan

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On Monday, June 29, 2009, at 09:23AM, "Bunki Kramer" <> wrote:
>Hi. Siddie. i know...21 times sounds like a lot, hum? you
>realize how small a 4x4" piece of paper is? can make
>different pages of your theme (you don't have to make the same one
>over and over). You can also break it down and have 2 or three swaps
>going on in one room. Kids can make up their own teams with their
>chosen theme. The possibilities are endless. Also...remember you're
>not actually designing a full page of 4x4" need to save about
>1.5" on the left side for binding so the main idea is taking up only
>2/3 of the decorated 4x4". That's why I think fat books might be a
>good thing. They could literally do 2 pages a day with average effort.
>Try it yourself. It would be like altered books but waaaaaaay shorter.
>I was thinking I usually have 30 kids per class so I would offer up 3
>diff. themes and let them sign up for one of them and do 10 pages each
>to see how it goes.
> From what I gather dangles and embellishments are important to making
>fatbooks interesting. Check out this site for embellishment ideas...
>One sentence books....Remember that small book you once sent to me
>that was hand-sized and the pages came out in one accordion pull and
>each page had been cut with pop-outs and then watercolored? It sorta
>like that. We did a lot of paper decorating techniques so had lots of
>paper to use. The inside was decorated on long watercolor paper but
>the whole thing was done in tempera instead. When glued in, the long
>page made 11 page faces so before hand I had them pick a theme and
>write a one-sentence story using 11 words describing an event with un-
>trite adjectives, adverbs. Here's examples:
>"Silver-winged dragons floated gently among purple-hued clouds of
>"Standing in the warm sun, a dandelion waited patiently to be blown."
>Now that is 12 words so he was allowed to put two small words
>together. He chose "to be".
>It blew me away what 7/8th graders could write. We discussed diff.
>lettering styles and they wrote each word on a piece of paper, tore
>them out, chalked them, and added the words to the books plus cut the
>pop-ups. I think I have a jpg around here I can send to you.
>For a google search. We did them the last 2 weeks of
>school and my kids flipped for them. I never, ever had such a quiet
>room with such a noisy class. Amazing. We made quick, little books to
>put them into as well. I got really thin pens...thinner than fine
>sharpies...and they attached their pen to their book so they could
>take these little books with them anywhere and work on their
>zentangles over the summer. They were really into these little things.
>> About the fat books, are we really asking kids to make the same design
>> 21 times?? They might (and me as well) be enthusiastic a couple of
>> times, but 21? Am I understanding this right?
>> I would want them to actually do some art work, not just decorate
>> paper. I love the idea but I cant quite work it out in my head. I
>> hadn't done altered books for a couple of years and then did it
>> again this year--the kids always love ripping up text books to get
>> started, but they are so big that they dont get much done --a few
>> really get into it, but most just do the minimum and not get
>> personally involved--also the time factor. It would take them most
>> of the year to do a great book.
>> I tried to make a sketchbook a couple of years ago using paste paper
>> over mat board for covers and ring binders. The kids never bought
>> in to it. They did the minimum I required--I really have a problem
>> having them make sketchbooks that they love without spending too
>> much class time on it. whine whine whine--aren't you glad I had
>> trouble posting!!
>> I bought a book called "Wreck This Journal" by I think a person
>> named Smith--it had some interesting ideas for what to do
>> in a journal--spill coffee and make something out of it--draw
>> everything you ate in the last 24 hours--a list of artist's excuses.
>> So what are one sentence books and zentangles?? Sid
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