Monday, June 14, 2010

Art project: Styrofoam printing

Paint (I used paint for silkscreening because I thought we were going to do t-shirts, but we didn't; tempura should work just fine)
Completely flat, hard, smooth surface for rolling paint (e.g. piece of glass or marble)
Brayer (found in art stores; mine is a rubber one with a plastic handle by Speedball)
Flat piece of styrofoam (cut from a meat package, for example)
Card stock or paper (I prefer card stock)

Draw picture onto styrofoam with pencil (not too lightly, not too harshly). Words will have to be inversed if you use them. Pour some paint onto your hard surface (I used a piece of broken marble salvaged off the street in Paris). Use a brayer to roll over the paint (try to get an even layer of paint on your brayer). Roll the paint evenly onto your styrofoam drawing. Place styrofoam, paint-side-down, onto your card stock. Press down on the styrofoam (be sure to press on the edges as well), releasing the paint onto the card stock. Remove styrofoam, and voila! You have a cool print! You may have to do many prints until you get the perfect one -- it takes practice getting just the right amount of paint onto the styrofoam (in a smooth, even layer) and pressing it down completely onto the card stock.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Maylin makes movies through

Maylin started typing this school year, with most improvements being made after going through the free, online BBC's Dance Mat Typing Program. Her typing has enabled her to do various things, including type out forms (using Grandma's electric typewriter), search with ease on Netflix for favorite movies, and make movies through Check out this one of seven videos she made today, now featured on YouTube!

For more of her videos, visit her channel on YouTube.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Maylin is an official Junior Ranger!

Social studies isn't a subject that comes naturally to me as a homeschooler. Many suggested topics haven't sustained much interest for Maylin. But, we did discover the World Heritage in the U.S. Junior Ranger Program which provides awards for completing a 10-page booklet about World Heritage sites. This was the first time Maylin was really interested in social studies (besides making her own maps and improving her map skills) -- because she could look forward to receiving a badge, map, and certificate. She received them today and she said she felt very excited, and I'm sure, proud, as well. Maylin learned a little bit about the world and a lot about what makes a World Heritage site. I hope she'll be interested in earning other Junior Ranger badges through the National Park Service. Click here for the World Heritage in the U.S. Junior Ranger Program, and click here for other Junior Ranger programs under the National Park Service. The latter site also has curriculum and field trip info for teachers as well.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Maylin creates her first stop-action films!

We got inspired when we heard that one of our friends was going to a stop-action animation camp. With a little research, and the help of iPhoto and iMovie, I was able to support Maylin in her creative endeavor. She has made 9 films so far (we started last week), and this is our favorite right now. I set up the tripod, she attaches the camera, sets up her toys, and away she goes! I do the compilation after she takes all her shots (what an amazing attention span she has -- she'll do a movie in one session). She recorded her precious voice-over. Enjoy!
Click here for YouTube video!