Sunday, February 25, 2024

Silkworm Field Trip

A fabulous addition to our study of Sister Mary Corita Kent in Art History!
We got a behind-the-scenes tour with the owner and each of the children got to silkscreen their own shirt!

Make Meatballs Sing: The Life and Art of Corita Kent
by Matthew Burgess

Bob starts by introducing us to the graphic designers

we visit offices, storage spaces, and equipment rooms

he explains the process of screen printing

a design with four colors

he prepares the equipment we are going to use

and gives a demonstration

each child gets a turn to make a shirt

after printing the shirts go through a big dryer
so that they are ready to wear right away

finally, Bob shows us how simple screen printing can really be

he draws a design freehand that he will turn into a printed piece

to do this he creates a resist that will be placed on top of this blank screen
so the ink only goes through the screen where you want it to

Bob also explained that for each of the colors in Corita Kent's designs,
she had to create a different resist

it's time to see his drawing transferred to a piece of fabric

Bob gave us this piece to keep as well

The trip was such a wonderful experience. I wanted the children to better understand the process she used to make her art. And now they do!

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Photos - Shelters & Capital Letters week 2

Week 12 for us was the last week of November. The Bobcats continued their Capital Letters I block and the Bongos continued their Shelters block.

We also had a wonderful field trip to Silkworm to experience silkscreening... just like Sister Mary Corita Kent. Thank you to David for setting this up!

Here are some blog posts that go with our studies this week:

And here are some of my favorite photos from week 12:

choosing sticks for our Self Portraits with Stick & Ink

because Sister Mary Corita Kent was an art teacher,
we can try out some of her lesson ideas while we learn about her!

we used sticks from the yard and Daler-Rowney Acrylic Ink

Biomes of the World Mat from Waseca Biomes

resources for learning about the Inuit in the Arctic

resources for learning about the researchers in Antarctica

A is for Alligator

in Alexander and the Magic Mouse, Alexander the Alligator carries a letter in his mouth... a perfect illustration for the letter A!

illustrations we love from Curious George Learns the Alphabet

a wonderful yak poem from Eric Carle's Animals Animals

making fuzzy yak pictures with wool roving and wool felt

do you see the Y in the snout and horns?


our next Corita Kent activity: design your own board game!

Learning by Heart: Teachings To Free The Creative Spirit
by Corita Kent

I help a student turn a materials list into a box of supplies

she turns a box of supplies into a new board game!

we end up with six new game designs

a gnome is born!

resources for the shabono of the Yanomami people

C is for Cat
all curled up

and we draw a Mouse getting Magical Messages through his tail

adding fractions with common denominators in Math Club

our field trip to Silkworm was fantastic! those pics have their own post

adding the palafitos of Chiloe, Chile to the MLB

a lamb is born!

we look at pictures of the Dogtrot / Possumtrot Log Cabin in
If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche

and are inspired to build one with Lincoln Logs

another Corita Kent idea...
contour drawings of contour drawings

we loved Corita Kent so much that we didn't want to stop PLORK-ing
(PLORK is a word she invented which combines play and work)

so in Science Club I challenged each child to invent a toy!

this child designs a doll pattern and begins to sew

Invent a Toy was a big hit

next up in Science Club: Building Cardboard Boats!

on Saturday all the families were invited to the Harrison-Bruce Historical Village to see a dogtrot log cabin in real life at the Annual Christmas Stroll


Weeks 13 and 14 were covered in How to Put on a Play in 11 Days.

The Bongos concluded their Shelters block with the Mongolian ger and we went right into writing and putting on our play, "Stories from Mongolia."

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