By Rain: This week in textiles the six graders were at outdoor school and there were a handful of kids that went on a Ashland field trip, so our class was small. Most kids worked on their wearable art projects. The kids are making many interesting and unique outfits using random and creative material such as bubble wrap like material and hula hoops. Everyone has their own way of doing their project; some are stitching, some are using sewing machines and others are hot gluing their clothes together. Everyone is working hard and focusing on their projects. They are all come out nicely and beautifully. I think that this project has been fun for everyone, including me.
By Nina: In 3D art right now, we are working on the wearable art project. I am making an overall skirt covered in candy wrappers. Rachel and Reese are making 2 skirts covered in patches of fabric. At the end of the year we are going to do a fashion show with 8 to 10 winners then out of all those people there will be 3 final winners. I really like my overall skirt, but I am trying to figure out how to connect it in the back, so that is a challenge I am facing. Students are also working on Leo the dragon outside, a large community sculpture in the playground. They are building a snout and arm armatures and putting mosaic teeth and scales on. We made these tiles at the beginning of the year. I think the dragon will turn out very well. I like that the students made the scales because that way there is a little bit of each of us on the dragon. Also, I like how we made it out of ferro cement this time so it will stay together longer. The color is a really pretty and I think it will go well with the tiles. Just before we started the wearable art we were working on our identity project. For mine I did a melting waldo with butter on his head. I did that because when I was younger my aunt read me this book all the time and my grandpa made dutch pancakes with a lot of butter. I made waldo melting because the pancakes were always really hot.
By Ella: This week Kelda’s textiles class had a visiting artist come in, her name was Trish. Trish does a special kind of art, it is called batik. Batik is when you have a piece of white fabric, and paint on hot wax in whatever shape/pattern you want. Then you dip it in this special dye. Next you dry it, and pull off the wax. You get this amazing picture!!! Students have been working very hard to get just the right image on, and we are finally dyeing. Students are having so much fun, and it had been a great learning experience!
By Nina: This week in the studio I have been working on the wearable art project. The wearable art project is about making creative, fun, and fashionable art that you can wear. I am making a hat and a T-shirt dress. When I was making my hat I wanted it to pop with color and different textures. I was going for a humorous feel. I played around with different designs I wanted to use and ended up with plastic feathers, pom poms, fake fur, jaguar prints, zippers, etc. I have to say I am pretty proud of all of the colors and patterns I put together. I definitely think I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish.
The T-shirt dress I made was originally green but I decided to stay with the colorful theme I had going on. I grabbed a lot of different fabrics and started to position the pieces of fabric the way I pleased. Then I hot glued them on carefully. I am planning on adding feathers and some more pom poms on the T-shirt to really stick with the hats features, so that the outfit looks like a matching set. I wanted to do something different with the back of the T-shirt so I decided to make a 3D smiley face and go on from there. Neither sides are finished yet but I added the unique fabrics vertically around the smiley face on the back.
By Estella: In textiles, students are making art based on cultural identity. We have to make a piece that represents who we are, or who we want to be. I made a weaving with roving. It has blocks of color, and each color represents an aspect of my identity. At the top of the weaving are colors that are “above the iceberg”, or things you can tell by just looking at me. The lower colors are colors that are “below the iceberg”, or things you can’t tell by just looking at me. At the top is a piece of fabric that has writing on it. This is the only thing that is not roving. The fabric represents the things in my life that changed when I switched to da Vinci. We are doing this project because we went to see an Alvin Ailey performance. Alvin Ailey is a dancer that makes work that is inspired by his cultural identity. We are trying to learn as much as we can about Alvin Ailey before the performance.
By Quinn: This week in class we worked on our wearable art project. I’m working with Amelia to make a pom pom dress. Amelia is modeling. So far we have a dress, and several pom poms, but they are not attached. We will probably be doing that next week. There is a second group making a pom pom outfit, and though we are each other’s biggest rivals we get along quite well. At the beginning of the week everyone doing something pompom related all sat in one area and made pom poms together, even if we weren’t on the same team. The class is quiet without 6th graders this week (who are at outdoor school), so we should be getting a head start on them on this project, but I’m sure they’ll be able to catch up. See below photo of our pom pom army.
By Reid: I have year long 3D art. I also had it last year. I am in seventh grade and this is my one year long art class. In class we have different assignments, each with a theme. Right now my friend Lucas and I are making a “CB” which stands for cardboard reality. It like a VR but its just made of cardboard. We put my phone at the open end of it (where you look through) and played a 360 video. We could look around the video like we were in the video. This class is one of my favorites. I hope to be in the class next year!
By Ruthie: This week in 3D art we continued our wearable art project. The wearable art project is a project that lets your creativity merge with clothing design. Each student chooses a group (or works alone), and chooses what their project will focus on. There is a choice between entering it in the fashion show or just choosing to present to your class. The group I’m working with (Ada, Lucy, and Ida) is making an outfit focused around the Hogwarts Houses. Each of us are placed in different houses. I was placed in Ravenclaw, Ada was placed in Slytherin, Ida was placed in Gryffindor, and Lucy was placed in Hufflepuff . Each one of us is making at least one thing after their house. I am making a Ravenclaw scarf and helping Ada by making Slytherin arm bands, Ada is making a Slytherin skirt, Ida is making a Gryffindor mask, and Lucy is making a Hufflepuff top hat. We are going to add a Hogwarts shirt as well, but adding our own twist to the design. My piece of the project can only be done at home so it’s taking longer than I wished, but I will do my best to get it done in time. Below is a picture of Ada’s skirt (in progress).
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