Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ugly Dolls Finish Up...

As we worked on our ugly dolls some of my students were super seamstresses and finished up really quickly. Others took a little longer. I started by having my super seamstresses work to help others but there came a point where they need another something to do. 
Since we were creating forms by sewing our ugly dolls we decided to draw forms, using shading to make them look realistic. Students were asked to create a drawing showing their ugly doll and friend doing something. They could finish them during class time or at home. 
They did a pretty good job... especially since some were done completely on their own time. 
It was really easy for my students to understand that a shadow was needed but they struggled with making sure their was a change in value on their ugly doll to show roundness. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ugly Doll's Take Over

Earlier this year I decided to tackle a sewing project with my 5th graders. It was a lot of work but it was a lot of fun! We looked at Ugly Dolls. If you don't know much about these guys they are a awesome little creatures who embrace their unique looks and rock out! You can get dolls, books, video's etc. You can click here to learn more

We started by looking at these guys and then designing our own ugly dolls with unique abilities. Sewing was probably the hardest part of these project and when I do another sewing project we will practice on plastic cards first but that is for another post. Here are a few finished ugly dolls. 
Jojo saves lives and loves trees. He also cleans up trash.

Dribbles can bend and twist into anything. This is helpful when you are missing something.

His name is Bucket Filler he was created by Ava. He sees people with his three eyes, and makes them feel better. His favorite color is bright yellow. His home is a bright yellow and bright colors. He has a job at a children's school so he can make kids feel better at school.

This is T-bat. He likes gliding, and helping people. His friends are Tedy and Ghost. His favorite food is pizza. He once went bungee-jumping with Tedy and Ghost. He loves to do anything with his friends.

He will always check up on you if your doing your homework but he can also be fun.

This was one of those projects that I feared was never going to end but in the end it was totally worth it. One of the best things was the whole project cost me less than $10. I asked for fabric and stuffing donations and my staff supplied enough to do this project 10 times over! Gotta love that. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wowzers! Perspective Review Just Got Awesome

So I had to have a sub the other day and I decided that my 6th graders could handle a simple review of perspective drawings. I left a stack of grid paper and a quick "how to draw letters." It might not have been following all the rules of perspective drawing but the images they turned in were really, really impressive.