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  • Cleveland High School
  • Clayton, NC
  • Half of students from low‑income households

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By providing the supplies for the ancient Japanese art techniques; Suminagashi and Shibori, students will gain an authentic learning experience of the specific artistic techniques, while also better understanding the cultural relevance and the historical importance of paper making. Suminagashi involves the ink being dripped onto the water's surface while inside the shallow tray with a brush. Once students have the desired pattern with exploration of brush manipulation, students use the paper to gently lay on the water's surface that will then absorb the ink pattern. I can't wait to see my students eyes light up with that first paper pulled from the water! The other ancient Japanese art form students will explore is Shibori. This creative technique involves folding the paper very intricately and then adding the ink to certain parts of the folded paper for saturation. The final step is to open the paper and observe the pattern created on the paper's surface. Students will begin to understand ink placement and the effects of their own folding ideas. Both techniques will be a foundation for other projects as each provides multiple finished patterned paper for every student. Students will work together in groups of 2-3 as they explore and manipulate the inks on the water and inks on the paper. We will have classroom discussions about all the papers being made and begin to form ideas for further project development. I look forward to my student's excitement to work with these special inks and paper, as well as see the papers used in future projects.

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By providing the supplies for the ancient Japanese art techniques; Suminagashi and Shibori, students will gain an authentic learning experience of the specific artistic techniques, while also better understanding the cultural relevance and the historical importance of paper making. Suminagashi involves the ink being dripped onto the water's surface while inside the shallow tray with a brush. Once students have the desired pattern with exploration of brush manipulation, students use the paper to gently lay on the water's surface that will then absorb the ink pattern. I can't wait to see my students eyes light up with that first paper pulled from the water! The other ancient Japanese art form students will explore is Shibori. This creative technique involves folding the paper very intricately and then adding the ink to certain parts of the folded paper for saturation. The final step is to open the paper and observe the pattern created on the paper's surface. Students will begin to understand ink placement and the effects of their own folding ideas. Both techniques will be a foundation for other projects as each provides multiple finished patterned paper for every student. Students will work together in groups of 2-3 as they explore and manipulate the inks on the water and inks on the paper. We will have classroom discussions about all the papers being made and begin to form ideas for further project development. I look forward to my student's excitement to work with these special inks and paper, as well as see the papers used in future projects.

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