My students come to art class excited to expand their horizons, learn about art, and to create. I strive to treat them as if they are accomplished artists, and their work reflects this attitude.
Our school has a unique teaching model focusing on life-long learning, with multi-age classrooms and adult mentors.
Students master each learning benchmark before moving to the next level. Our school is part of a high-performing network of schools in the city of Cleveland, Ohio. Our students come from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. We receive free breakfast and lunch and school-wide Title I services.
During the 2018-2019 school year I will be teaching my students a unit on Japanese culture. With these resources I will teach them how to dye fabric in indigo dye using the Shibori method. I learned these techniques during my undergraduate work at Miami University. Indigo is a fascinating science experiment: the fabric will be yellowish green until it is exposed to air, which turns it a deep blue.
We will use similar dying techniques to make colored paper to use to make a paper kimono.
The papers they dye will be split up and shared with each other so that each kimono has multiple colors and patterns. Color and pattern is what I love the most in art!
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