Musings about the importance and impact of art and art education in the 21st century.

Origami Stars

♠ Posted by ArtMuse
A few days ago I posted a video on how to create an origami star. Well, after about 3 hours of folding, pressing, and trying to figure out how to put all the pieces together I finally figured it out! Here they are. (They take about an hour to make each...that is, once you know how to do it!) I'm tempted to make 8 of these on my plane flight to Spain, that way I can occupy all that flying time...

Crafts-The Summer in Review

♠ Posted by ArtMuse
Not exactly the whole summer, really just 5 weeks of it. Teaching crafts was a lot of fun this summer, I had about 30 students in total which split between 3 classes was a nice amount to have. The students were so great too, they were cheerful, friendly, relaxed, and really seemed to enjoy the class. I managed to get in about 6 projects. We did flying pigs (thank you Phyllis: ), wall hangings, recycled magazine 'reed' pencil holders, decoupage boxes, craft stick baskets, and personal stationary. Here are some pics of the finished work.

I can't believe there's only 4 days left!

♠ Posted by ArtMuse
4 days till the end of my summer crafts class at the middle school I"m working at this summer. This is the first summer I taught crafts, (last summer I taught cartooning) and I'm glad that I got to. If offered the opportunity next year I'll definitely teach it again. I'm going to post some of the projects I did once I get a chance to upload the photo's, but in the meantime, here's the book that helped me to get some ideas. It's also a really good book for crafts in general and isn't necessarily geared for children. However, the book is really well-rounded and uses just about every material imaginable. You can take a peak at the book at any bookstore, I got this one from Barnes & Noble. If you do, make sure you look at the pages with the aluminum feathers and the lace vases, I love those ideas!!
The book is entitled 'The Big Ass Book of Crafts' by Mark Montano