Today we had the second of three* animation art classes at the Butler. The kids are working on stop motion animation. S13 is finishing up a backdrop for her storyline.
O11 and a few other students were given “puns” to draw. One was a deviled egg. O11’s is a hot dog.
Today we started a new session of art classes at the Butler. They are working on stop-motion animation, something the girls really enjoy playing around with. They spent today planning their animation and learning the iPad software that they’ll be using for their projects.
Today was our first day back to dance since we left for Florida at the beginning of April. It was tough getting back into the swing of things, but S12 had her ballet class and then both girls did jazz and tap. They are working on the numbers for the upcoming show in June.
Today our Girls’ Club went to a Polymer Clay class at Three Sheep. The instructor, Jeanette, taught them how to make special beads using canes and polymer clay, which she fired and then helped the girls make into jewelry. They each made two pieces, one to keep and the other to donate to charity.
Today we had the first of five Advanced Drawing classes at the Butler. The kids practiced some shading techniques by recreating some black-and-white copies of Georgia O’Keefe floral pieces. They worked on making the transition from shaded to non-shaded a smooth progression, rather than a sharp line.
Today we attended one of the monthly “History With Homeschoolers” programs at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society opened the Tyler Center about 3 years ago. It boasts a permanent collection of exhibits and also offers a variety of classes, lectures and other programs relating to local and regional history.
Today, we learned about the steel industry and how it affected the economy of the area. Next month, we will talk about why so many people immigrated here from the turn of the century through the sixties, all due to the steel industry.
Today was the final class of our Clay Memory Box series. The kids finished painting their creations and wrote letters to their future selves to put inside.
S12’s finished Pokeball:
The letter she wrote to her future self:
She also made a second clay creation, in case the first one gives you a headache.
O11’s project is a narwhal. With a top hat. The hat is where the “box” opens up, and the narwhal body has a cavity for storing treasures. She has to finish painting the underside, but needed to let the top dry first. She’ll finish it up next week.
In the afternoon, we worked on Valentine boxes for our homeschool group’s party next week.