By zwackart on April 15, 2011
This past Wednesday, I met with four classes of third graders at Van Etten elementary school in Van Etten, New York. We talked about the fact that both scientists and artists need to use their skills of observation in their work. We used pencil, colored pencil, and crayons to draw plant specimen that the students had brought in from home. These will be the designs for the clay tiles that they will be sculpting next Wednesday.
This project was made possible in part through a Local Capacity Building Grant administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
By zwackart on March 3, 2011
As you may have noticed on the calendar, I’ve been teaching a drawing class at the local Middle School after school. I was inspired by the snowy landscape here in rural central New York state. Sometimes the skies are much darker than the earth all covered in snow. The bright white of snowy ground is emitting more light than the sky itself! Perfect to draw in charcoal. I love how charcoal smudges. It can be intensely dark or sublimely faint and subtle. Charcoal is as old as fire, and is a completely non-toxic art material. Our first class together I had students make gradations from the lightest marks they could make to the deepest dark they could muster with many smoothly blended steps in between. They then cut these up and made the value matching tool you see in the pictures. They observed the landscape outside their school and made these sketches.
By zwackart on December 29, 2010
Fairy Hut Building at the Natural Phenomena Conference in Whangerei, NZ was fantastic! The whole conference took place outdoors and was dedicated to nature education for early childhood in New Zealand.
I lead a workshop with about 20 participants, most of whom were early childhood educators, in creating ephemeral, environmental installations, or FAIRY HUTS! The materials that were right at our feet were blossoms from the trees in the remarkable old growth forest, nuts, berries, fabulous mosses, fallen bark, twigs, and leaves, grasses and meadow flowers from the clearings, and even clay from down the hill in the creek.