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Carnival Costumes at Laurel Dell

We have started our 8-week visual arts unit at Laurel Dell Elementary, during which we are making Carnival costumes and learning about Carnival traditions around the world. Each class is a “crew” or a “band,” and the students chose their own crew themes. All the costumes will be made from some form of paper, and include found and recycled materials. Some crews are making masks of various kinds, and others are making headdresses, and also paper capes or vests.

Time Machines at Marinwood

On Thursday, 8/15/13, I taught time machine building at the Marinwood summer camp program. Okay, they weren’t functional, but they were fun! We started with sketching ideas for small, hand-held time machines. Our young artists then shared their ideas in small groups. Next, we used found objects and recycled materials to construct time machine sculptures. Some artists chose to construct the machine from their sketch, and others let the available materials dictate their design. This creative sculptural project is both assemblage and bricolage, and repurposes trash to make treasure!