meganleppla:

Photographic Drawing

Drawing with detail just requires taking a closer look. It helps to use a photograph for reference, and with enough practice you may be able to do it from memory. Using a gridded system keeps proportions precise, and allows the drawing to be bigger (or smaller) than the photo reference. Artist Chuck Close has been working from gridded photographs like this for decades. He builds his images by applying one brushstroke after another, paying close attention to every detail within the grid.

2 months ago 301 notes

The Yoshimoto Cube

The polyhedral mechanical puzzle toy that transforms into two stellated rhombic dodecahedrons from a cube.

Made by C Bits on DIY.

3 months ago 362 notes

4 Cool Science Tricks!

1. Build a solar cooker. Use an old pizza/cardboard box to build a cooker that bakes cookies, reheats food, etc. Try out different recipes!

2. Demonstrate capillary action. Use food dye to see how plants get the water and nutrients they need through tiny capillary tubes.

3. Make oobleck. Crazy things happen when you mix cornstarch with water. 

4. Grow crystals. Use evaporation to create intricate crystals on sugar, salt, or ice. Diamonds take thousands of years, but these can grow much faster.

3 months ago 2,897 notes

meganleppla:

Wheatpasting

Why?
Wheatpaste is a durable and biodegradable binder, making it an excellent medium for art outdoors. The blend of four parts boiling water to one part flour makes wheatpaste an economical resource too – you can make up to a gallon without going over $1. Use your paste to post messages in your community, create collage from old books, or simply print out some photos and paste them up.

What else?
Wheatpaste is simply the binder to connect your story. Use collage to construct your own narrative, and share that story with your community. More curriculum connectors can be found here.

4 months ago 278 notes