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First off...I gotta say that I had to think about my blog post. Well, for starters- I had taken my 'teaching blog' off the navigation...why? Honestly- I took it off because I wasn't posting to it. Since I started posting to Instagram, I haven't posted as much to my art blog. I mean- I do post...but instead of every day or every other day it might be like, once a week...which is great...unless you are me...I am very regimented and when I don't stick to my self-imposed schedule or rules or organization...it stresses me out.
So, I hid the teaching blog. Outta sight outta mind, right? Not so much.
My next mental obstacle to overcome...should I just include my teaching posts within the context of my art blog? On one hand- yes, by all means. I identify myself as a teaching artist, I am both an artist and a teacher. But...I am also a little crazy about organization and to me having the blog posts separated into two spaces helps me to concentrate on whichever I am addressing.
Uh...so that makes sense to me at least. I brought back this here teaching blog...and I am going to try to keep it updated. Starting with a post about art camp. Here goes, let's start with a slideshow;
One of the biggest 'hits' at camp this week was the 'zine'. Now, I have heard of a 'zine before...but it has been a long time. My intern, Gigi, suggested that we make a 'zine and I said let's do it! So we did. I played student instead of teacher as I watched her folding technique for a 'zine, one that allows for the document to be easily photocopied and redistributed. Hey guess what? It was a hit! The kids LOVED making the 'zines. We made one inspired by Ancient Greece...and then the kids kept on making them even during lunch and breaks!
So...here is how you make a 'zine;
Talk about coincidence...I was doing my usual Sunday ritual of drawing at Barnes and Noble/Starbucks and I picked up the latest Juxtapoz and guess what? Yep, an article on 'zines. There is a solid history of 'zines, it is relevant to art today and...hey, you know what? It's easy, it's fun and it is super cheap to make a 'zine. I will definitely be using this lesson again, thinking it would be a good way to introduce sequential arts in my drawing/painting survey class at my new school...or could even be a fun digital photography lesson...maybe my students could take a photo journalistic approach and tell a story in images...just some thoughts.
Gigi, if you ever stumble upon my blog...