Staff Meeting Costume Contest Success

Team costume contest at our Friday morning staff meeting. The OES art department went as Surrealists -Rene Magritte and Frida Kahlo, and we won! Our photo was features in the weekly employee news email that was sent to all FCPS employees. I received so many emails from fellow art teachers in the county complimenting our costumes. I feel like my costume design degree really paid off this week;)

Video Tutorial: Coil Baskets made from recycled grocery bags

Today I spent many hours recording, editing, and uploading tutorial videos that show how to create a coil basket using recycled grocery bags. This is a beloved final project for my sixth graders every year, and they were eager to work on their coil baskets from home, but wanted to have the instructions available on video in case they had trouble working independently. I set up my flip mino on a mini tripod but i really need something taller so that I can film over my own shoulder- the mini tripod has to be located so close to my hands that it can never really focus completely.

At any rate, in the past my students have only had xeroxed handouts that showed hand-drawn pictures of the coil basket weaving process, so this is a dramatic improvement, and the videos could potentially be played by my substitute as a review while I am at a day-long meeting on Thursday.
The tutorial is broken down into brief segment to allow student to select the specific step they are having trouble with. I have seen many coil basket ideas that involved recycled materials, my favorite being the Spiral Foundation, but this picture tutorial from Clever Nesting helped me the most.
I used to spend tons of money from my budget purchasing coil rope core for this project, and now Our coiling core is free AND earth friendly!