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Re: Bookbinding & Colonial America unit


Date: Sun Sep 09 2001 - 13:37:40 PDT

Hmmmm....what I've got in mind for this is each kid making an individual
book of just a few sheets of handmade paper. I know they'd LOVE to drill,
but it might not be necessary if they could push a darning needle through
the edges....

I'm just wondering if I should somehow reinforce the edge of the paper
that's being sewn, if there is some "special" thread (or wool, perhaps?)
that we should use for this....

(Wishing, wishing, wishing I'd worked on some of these details more over the
summer instead of waiting until classes started!!)

Our schedule has changed a couple of times (craziest start to the school
year that I can remember!) so it looks like I'll have a group of 6th
graders--all boys--for the first arts rotation (1/3 of the year, unless they
change something else!!) I did a lot of research for the unit, but now that
I'm seeing the kids, gauging maturity level as well as skills, I'm revising
and adapting.... I hope to do the same general unit with groups of 7th and
8th graders this year, too (in previous years I had mixed grades for the
whole year).

For these guys I'm going to have them do silhouettes as one of the first
projects. This will be an adaptation of the gridded portraits I did with
older kids last year. I'm going to take digital pics of their profile,
print them out and then get the kids to grid them to enlarge. From that
point, instead of doing a complete drawing, they'll concentrate on the
profile to develop a silhouette.

I'll also do contour drawing as another method of getting in the silhouette
concept (showing reproductions of the same).

Given that this is a very active group, I decided that the papermaking and
bookbinding might be fun, and I'm still negotiating with the woodworking
teacher re: getting pieces of wood that the kids can assemble into small
lidless boxes. Plan is to have them assemble them, and then do some
tinpunch that they can mount on the front. Lots of hammering and "boy"
things with that....

Lots of ideas, just gotta figure out which direction to go and get supplies
together. YIKES!