Progress report

A cloaked figure by Ilan, 13.

This week started off great after the holiday weekend! As the semester begins to wind down I’m giving students more freedom in class and seeing just what they’ve learned in class (and if they were paying attention these last several weeks). I’m starting with my kindergarteners and working my way up.

Yesterday I asked my k’s to assemble from clay a pet of alien design for their action heroes that were created a week ago. I watched carefully as everyone created limbs and “scratch & attached” with slip to form unique creatures. After looking them over, each figure remained hollow (important during the firing process), was put together correctly with safe use of a pin tool, and all had its own story to tell. I’m very proud of them!

The success continued with my seventh graders who have been working on drafting their own comic book. Many of the students have been wary of inking their pencils, afraid to ruin weeks worth of work. I requested that everyone practice inking a figure in their sketchbook after reviewing the steps. I was impressed with the end result and I think it gave the students confidence to proceed. One student showed me an example of a similar try out she had done at home, then compared it to her practice piece from class and expressed how pleased her work had improved. I’m glad the students are learning to experiment more with their art and, more importantly, have fun. My older students are beginning to develop their own style with their artwork and it’s exciting to be a part of the process as it progresses.

A manga inspired school girl/princess by, Sarah, 14.

Happy Halloween!

WONDER WOMAN #118, 1996

I think some adults enjoy Halloween almost as much as children. I’ve been delightfully putting together a pen and ink lesson for my graphic novel class using the elements of horror and shadow in comic books to create a definitive mood. Unfortunately classes were postponed due to the hurricane that blew through the East Coast, but I had so much fun pouring over old comics as I searched out examples to show students.