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RE: [teacherartexchange] Celtic Knotwork


From: 'Roy & Amy Broady' (amybroady_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Mar 09 2009 - 16:05:56 PDT

Yes, it's confusing, but you got it correct: the watercolor resist technique
DVD shows a really cool method of drawing Celtic knots as a subject for
watercolor paintings. It's an odd pairing, but a good one.

Here's a link to learn more about the DVD, which at $19.95 is quite
reasonable priced, in my opinion.

If I have time, I will try to post some samples of what my students have
done. I have adapted the Celtic knot lessons to my own students and my own
teaching style, of course, but this DVD was the catalyst. I LOVE "Headless
Dancing Man" (of course I always have to draw a head with a funny expression
to make the kids laugh, then erase it when I demo). I do not want to be too
specific here about how I teach it, as I do not wish to give away for free
what Crystal Productions is offering in their video. We need the companies
that offer art support materials to stay in business!


-----Original Message-----
From: Woody Duncan []
Sent: Monday, March 09, 2009 6:44 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Celtic Knotwork

Confused - you got the idea for "Headless Dancing Man" using a
variety of Celtic knots
from a DVD called "Amazing Watercolors: Projects Using the Wax Resist
Is this DVD about watercolor or lots of other things ?

On Mar 9, 2009, at 4:24 PM, Roy & Amy Broady wrote:

> Rebecca and all,
> I am working on a Celtic knot project with my 4th graders. I learned a
> simple base figure (called "Headless Dancing Man") that can be
> modified in
> many ways to form a variety of Celtic knots from a DVD called "Amazing
> Watercolors: Projects Using the Wax Resist Technique." It is by
> Crystal
> Productions. This video was a worthwhile investment for me for the
> Celtic
> Knot technique alone! This method, presented by Tina Cintron, is
> simpler
> than any of the methods I have seen online. Plus, kids get a kick
> out of
> "Headless Dancing Man." I have taught them further how to weave a ring
> (drawn, of course, not literal weaving) through basic interlacing
> to make a
> more sophisticates formation.
> To ease in drawing squares and straight edges of a uniform
> thickness, I cut
> templates and straight edges from surplus cardboard. I cut straight
> edges in
> 3 thicknesses: half-inch, three-quarter-inch, and one-inch. The
> cardboard
> pieces proved immensely helpful.
> Best wishes,
> Amy in TN

Woody, Retired in Albuquerque

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