Hybrid Animals – First-Time Watercolors – 9-12th grade

Students created complementary color schemes and mixed complementary colors together to create neutral colors. They worked on a practice paper and a final watercolor board. These are some of the finals.

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Samurai Camp for Kids in San Francisco! June 22-26, 2015 – register now!

To learn more details and register, visit this link: http://www.sfaikido.com/camp-japan/  

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Hybrid Animal Scientific Illustrations * Graphite * 9th-12th grade

In the art class I am teaching at a local public high school, my students are looking at the intersection of science and art. They had to invent an animal hybrid and then label it as if it were a scientific illustration. Students looked at scientific illustrations by artists and scientists – both contemporary and [...]

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Collaborative Hybrid Animals * Colored Pencil * 9th-12th Grade

My high school students are looking at the intersection of science and art in the form of scientific illustrations and hybrids.   Recently we played a collaborative Surrealist ‘Exquisite Corpse’ game where each student drew part of a body, folded over the image so the next student couldn’t see, and then the next student drew [...]

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Aikido for Kids – Blue Belt Test Passed in (literally) Flying Colors!

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Aikido for Kids – Our New Red, Orange and Yellow Belts!

So proud of everybody’s hard work!!

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Social Issue Anti-Violence Posters * colored pencil, marker * 9th-12th Grade

My first project with Wallenberg High School went very well!  They created posters addressing a social issue. The students entered a poster contest as well and so far we have 9 finalists! They had to come up with a good hook, main message and image for their posters and then do a mock-up. I started [...]

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Greek Myths * Pegasus Shadow Puppet Show * 4th & 5th Grade

Here are some magical images from the tale of Pegasus and Bellerophron, a Greek myth that is an interesting lesson in pride. The story begins with Bellerophron, who cannot rest until Athena’s winged horse, Pegasus, is his. With Athena’s help, he captures the enchanting creature and goes on many adventures. He also defeats the Chimera, [...]

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Shibori Indigo Dyeing at Camp Japan

Artist and Museum Educator Julia Sackett shows campers how to use Shibori techniques to fold, bind and immerse the cloth into the indigo dye bath at Camp Japan. Camp Japan is a San Francisco summer camp combining art, music, culture and martial arts at Suginami Aikikai SF. The camp returns this summer in June, 2015:  www.sfaikido.com/camp-japan/ [...]

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Bats, Owls & Caterpillars * Shadow Puppet Science * 3rd & 4th Grade

Art meets Science: After learning about bats, owls and caterpillars, these students acted out predator/prey scenarios and shared facts about these creatures in dynamic (and, as you can see, sometimes bloody) puppet shows. Students first studied the habits of their creatures and then storyboarded them into action, using Pixar storyboards and comic book sequences as [...]

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