Archive for the ‘Starr King’ Category

HEArt at Starr King – Seamsters and Seamstresses

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

On Friday, HEArt students at Starr King transformed into focused seamsters and seamstresses as they learned how to sew pillows and bean bags.  They had a great time choosing their fabrics – the checkers and red skull print were the big hits!  Next week, the students will continue practicing threading their needles, sewing their seams, and tying the knots on their projects.

HEArt at Starr King – Chinese ink painting

Monday, May 10th, 2010

On Friday, Starr King students learned the ancient art of “Shui-muo ha,” Chinese ink painting.  Students practiced their strokes using special brushes and paper, and copied Chinese symbols for “love,” “peace,” and “happiness.”   Influenced by zen, we focused on simplicity and clarity in the paintings.  The students mounted their drawings on construction paper collages, our HEArt interpretation of the more traditional hanging scrolls.

HEArt at Starr King – T-shirt stamping

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Starr King 4th and 5th graders learned a simple method of stamp-making, using rubber erasers and paint pens.  The students each got to design their own t-shirt using their stamps and colorful fabric markers.  They were encouraged to focus on the fashions they like best and to create fun patterns with their stamps.  The glow in the dark marker was the greatest hit!

Joseph's beautiful t-shirt

HEArt at Starr King – The perfect globe

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Continuing on our sculpture skills, Starr King students learned how to make paper mache globes.  It was a messy endeavor, but the students had a lot of fun!  Before beginning, each student considered the top seven most important things in an ideal world.  Next week they’ll get to decorate their globes, with each of the seven continents representing those seven ideals.

Seven ideals for seven continents

Friends and globes

HEArt at Starr King – Building monuments

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Inspired by HEArt instructor Francesca’s recent trip to Washington DC, the students at Starr King began designing and constructing monuments for the people, places and events important to their lives.  As architects, they began by learning the concept of “scale” by using a ruler and graph paper to design their unique monuments.   This week they began to build their visions with Popsicle sticks and glue in hand.

Taeja works on her monument, inspired by a bird house