From Concept to Construction
This week we are beginning the challenging task of taking all the previous ideas we've had for our guardians and constructing them. The small groups assessed their ideas first and thought about what they would need for each unique guardian.
The Guardian of Humans
After we thought about our drawings and how we envisioned the guardian, the Human Guardian small group took a trip to Tucker closet. We searched for materials that inspired us. Remy found shiny material for the guardian's dress. Cate found flowers to add to the crown. At first, the idea of creating our guardian seemed rather daunting (too hard to do).
"What part will that be, Remy?" - Lily
"I got these! They are for the dress. We can wrap them around." - Remy
Lily comes up with a different solution. She decides to create a piece of the guardian instead of tackling the whole thing at once. Lily chooses to start with the flower crown. She uses wire and other natural materials to create it. The other members of the group notice her work and use similar strategies in their work
"I could wrap another layer around (my crown)" - Lily
"I'm going to make one like Lily" - Cate
"I made it straight. Then I turned it a little bit. Then I got wire and wrapped it around. Oh! I cut the wire. My next step is to find my next layer." - Lily
Wednesday, we decided to focus on the body of our guardian. The small group used chicken wire as a base for their work. Once we started building the body, Remy began to focus on weaving natural materials into the guardian. Her work got the attention of other friends in KW who wanted to help out.
The progression of Remy's work on the body of the guardian
Jade notices the work on the human guardian
"WOAH!" Did you make that? That's amazing! Can I help you?" - Jade
"Sure." - Remy
"Would you like to find some materials to weave into the chicken wire?" - Jordan
"I can help with that." - Jade
Lucas notices the work and chooses to come over and join as well
"Can I do the weaving?" - Lucas
"OK. The hand needs to hold the flowers." - Remy
The Message Guardian
The Message Guardian small group decided to take a different approach began the process of building their guardian. They used their materials first to simulate what the guardian would look like first before starting the process of creating it. They also choose to incorporate their symbols into the work
Having completed stamping the symbols in clay, the group continues to explore materials for the body of the guardian. Jade had previously indicated that the body could be a box, so children looked through the boxes and considered the possibilities
The Message Guardian small group chose to focus on the arms for today's work. The group decided to create scissor arms, an idea that friends had previously agreed upon. They chose to use wire and used scissors to connect their materials and problem solved how to make them functional.
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