BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Paper making with Plant Life from the Adirondack Region
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Grade: 6th - 8th grade
Class: Art
Author: Terry Huff
Potsdam Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials & Resources
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The ArtsNatural History
Keywords: paper-making, plants
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How can natural materials found in the Adirondacks be used to make paper (embellished with additional natural materials) to reflect an Adirondack landscape?
Context:

THIS ADIRONDACK CHALLENGE INCLUDES A ONE DAY RESIDENCY DESIGNED TO BE TAUGHT BY THE ART TEACHER AND A VISITING ARTIST. EIGHTEEN GIFTED ART STUDENTS WERE SELECTED TO WORK ALONG WITH A SPECIAL NEEDS CLASS (BOCES 8-1-1).THESE STUDENTS WILL WORK ONE SCHOOL DAY TO COMPLETE THE CHALLENGE.

Note from the author: We did two great team building starters. 1. Put 20+ students on a 5X6 foot rug and they had to turn it over without touching the floor. 2. Students, teachers and helpers formed a circle and a BLUE cord was passed person to person with  pieces of deer antler on it to make a braclet for everyone.

Velma Bolyard was the artist-in-residence and we were so pleased with the outcome of this project. Everyone worked well together, and it was a productive, enjoyable day. If repeated, I think two half days would work better to allow the paper to dry. The BOCES students did both blend well and work well with the gifted students. Many commented on the team building exercises

The Challenge:

Design an Adirondack landscape (mountains, valleys) using plant clippings on handmade paper (pulp will be pre-prepared) that will be folded accordian book style.

  • * Introduction and outline of the day.
  • Discussion of the significance of the "blue line".
  • View slides of Adirondack photos and painted landscapes.  Use "Celebrating the Adirondacks Forever Wild" CD by Sandra Hildreth (Adirondack Curriculum Project).
  • Students will be given a brief history of  timber industry in the Adirondacks and paper making.
  • Use team building exercise to get group acquainted and prepared to work cooperatively.
  • Students will colllect plants and clippings in the area during a short walk around the school grounds. On the   walk we will discuss local plant life.
  • Return to the classroom for instruction and demonstation of the handmade paper.
  • Make paper and embellish while wet with collected plant life.
  • Further embellish the landscape with a blue horizon line using blue hemp.
  • Let paper dry (ironing may be necessary for time control).
  • Assemble final project by folding and hinging paper and attaching covers. Covers optional.
  • CLOSURE: Discuss our new knowledge about the Adirondacks, set up and critique work regarding the process and outcome. * Finished work will be displayed at Night of the Arts if schedule permits, or at an evening event open to the public.

 EXAMPLES OF STUDENT PROJECTS

An Arts Forever Wild 2: Adirondack Artists-in-Residence Challenge

Quality Standards:
  • followed directions
  • collected plant materials
  • worked cooperatively
  • paper is proper thickness and uniform
  • mountains are incorporated into the landscape design on the hand made paper
  • plant clippings used to enhance the design
  • construction of the final book is neat, shows good composition and use of colored pulp
  • blue hemp or cotton cord is used to represent the blue line
Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Each student collected some plant material.

5

Students worked together cooperatively

15

The hand-made paper is of the proper thickness (determined by the teacher) and uniform in size

20

Finished paper:

  • incorporates mountains in the landscape design

 

15

  • plant clipping are used to enhance and reflect the landscape in the design

15

Construction of the book is:

  • neat
  • shows good composition
  • effective use of colored pulp

15

  • blue hemp or cotton cord is used to represent the blue line

15

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