Paint Making

Our quest for color began with an innate desire to communicate. Prehistoric people were resourceful with natural earth pigments (like red and yellow ochre, hematite, manganese oxide and charcoal), and used them to illustrate beautiful stories. Today paints are mass-produced, but the art of paint making is one some artists can’t resist doing themselves. Pigment is combined with a binder of oil or water as a base, packaged in a tube and voilà – paint! Each color has a story to tell, so be sure to choose your pigments wisely. 

What else?
Pick a color and explore its origin. There’s so much to learn from natural pigments. You can examine their chemical composition or research their historical impact. More curriculum connectors can be found here

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Archer Challenge: Make a Quiver

You can use all sorts of materials to create a system for holding your arrows. Get creative and build one! 

Source: Wood&Faulk

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Crafting Cartonería

I get it, teachers are short on time. So I’m working on resources that cut to the chase. I whipped up this gif on how to make sculptures with a shoestring budget, inspired by the Mexican handcraft Cartonería.

It’s all there in the gif, but if you’re the type that likes the details, you can see more here.

Papier-mâché projects often get a bad rap for being the stuff of kindergarten craft time, but the process of paper-crafting is rich with history. Cartonería, as papier-mâché is called in Mexico, has long been a traditional handcraft. The Mexican papermaking process dates back to the Mesoamerican period, was temporarily banned by the Spanish, and paper sculptures are still made to this day to tell the story of yearly celebrations.

What else?
Making Cartonería has the obvious connection to history and social studies. Cartonería also serves as an excellent project to talk about life sciences and geometry. More on curriculum connectors here.

3 months ago 177 notes

Make Snow Goggles

On a sunny day in winter the sun reflects off the snow which can cause snow blindness, a debilitating and potentially dangerous condition which literally blinds a person for a few days. Snow goggles can prevent this from happening. Use this technique of the Inuit people to protect yourself from the sun’s reflection on the snow. Check out more Yeti challenges here!

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