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Meander Books

Planning Backwards Model

Teaching Artist Practicum

Name of Project:  Meander Books

School/Teacher/Classroom or Arts Organization/Mentor: Urban Arts Academy . Sagirahs Class

Grade Level or Age of Participants: 2nd – 4th

MCAD Teaching Artist:  Kayla Trevino

Number of Students: 10

Overview of Project

Students will design the pages to a meander book. The students will learn how to organize the pages accordingly and folding design. The book will allow for students to practice planning and long term thinking for when it comes to the folding of the pages.

“Big Ideas”/ Essential QUESTION(s)

-Planning ahead

-Practicing story tell / time line planning

-Learning the that types of books can help what you want to depict

-creative learning as they fill the book before it’s folded

Student Outcome Objectives

Students will:

1. Collectively decide if they want to fold the books first or plan out the concept before.

2. Better skills for planning ahead. Weather or not the book is folded or not when they go to fill it in will still allow them to think about the lay out. The students will have to consider the layout of the subject in the book and how they want their story to be told.

3. The books are no more than 2x2 inches, and the small subject allows for them to work on their fine motor skills.

Prior Knowledge

-Paper folding

-Mountains and valleys

-Use of scissors

-Kiss the corners

-Cautious of materials on the paper

Lesson Preparation Timeline

-brush up on your own making skills

-make examples before class, having  many examples for this group works better and allows for the students to are able to dissect the book when they are unable to figure theirs out on the first try.

-if you need to, prep paper

-gather all materials, scissors, bone folders if you fancy, and any creating mark making materials you plan on using.

Examples of Artwork

-I brought many examples they could look at and examples you would be okay with getting ruined as the students try and figure it all out.

Lei Maier https://scrapgirls.com/all-posts/hybrid-album-tutorial-meander-book

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Lea, Jamie Kubat

https://jamiekubat.com/lea

Additional Resources

I found this publication helpful for brushing up on the technique.

http://www.lib.utah.edu/collections/book-arts/community/Meander%20Book%20Lesson%20Plan.pdf

Assessment

Were the students able to work with the small scale?

Were students able to assemble a book with the directions and examples given?

Did the examples help or cause more confusion?

Did students final work represent their ideas?

If yes how, if no what changed?

Are students happy with the outcome of their books? Did they want to make more?

Materials

-Enough sheets of your chosen paper for the class.

-Paper for first drafts

-Scissors

-Bone folders

-Coloring materials of your choosing.

Learning Activities and Timing

Total of 45 minutes,

  1. 10 minutes - for introduction to the project and directions and looking through examples. Allow students to really look at examples.

  2. 10 minutes- of step by step instructions with the students. Going through all the steps together for our first drafts.

  3. 15  minutes -for the students to work on a final draft of their books. This includes coloring or writing if they chose.

  4. 5-Minutes of clean up.

  5. 5-Minutes of sharing their books and ideas.

TeachING ARtist Reflection

Concerns

- frustration in cutting the meander book.

-the change of layout and the book flips when in the making.

Extended Learning

-once a student learns how to make a book out of 1 sheet of paper they are able to continuously make them.

-Once a student learns they can help other students who may be confused sort out their book.




Accordion Book : 2nd- 4th Grade

Accordion Book : 2nd- 4th Grade

Planning Backwards Model for Urban Arts Academy   

Teaching Artist Practicum

Name of Project: Making  book / Accordion style book

School/Teacher/Classroom or Arts Organization/Mentor:  Urban Arts Academy, Sagirah Shahid

Grade Level or Age of Participants: 2nd - 4th Grade  

MCAD Teaching Artist:  Kayla Trevino

Number of Students: 10 students

Overview of Project

The students will start with designing the front and back cover for an accordion style book. While the cover are drying the students will use the time to fold the pages  and after both steps are complete the students will attach the pages to the covers with glue. The book will allow for the students to have creative freedom over something that can become personal to them.

“Big Ideas”/ Essential QUESTION(s)

  • Create something that is their own

  • Being creative with design choice

  • A personal book were they are able to collect their thoughts and ideas

Student Outcome Objectives

Students will:

  1. Brainstorm ideas for the cover / Design and execute making of the cover

  2. Learn or better skills on collage techniques

  3. Learning page folding


Prior Knowledge

-cut and paper folder

-applying glue

-kiss corners

-Mountains and valleys

Lesson Preparation Timeline

  • Cut down book board

  • Cut down paper, can be done at same time as board but if you are unsure on how much paper you will need you can wait till after first lesson to determine the correct amount.

  • Gather materials for class.


Examples of Artwork

* i also brought in a variation of my own books from my own practice *

Kim kopp

navigations in time

9" x 10.25"

Jody williams

Condensed Creatures

Screen printing and etching

Additional Resources   

How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book by Esther K. Smith

https://www.amazon.com/How-Make-Books-One-Kind/dp/0307353362/ref=sr_1_17?keywords=book+binding&qid=1553582269&s=books&sr=1-17

Assessment

Was the scale good for the students? Were students able to assemble a book with the directions and examples given? Did students final work represent what they wanted when they started the project? If yes how, if no what changed? Are students happy with the outcome of their books?

Materials

  • Two sheets of book board for covers  for each student. Cut into 4x4 inches .

  • Paper that is long enough to fit your desired page amount.

  • Bone Folders

  • Glue sticks

  • Papers and magazines for collage.

Learning Activities and Timing

45 minutes, two days

Day one

  1. 5 minutes - set up materials/ getting space ready for

  2. 5 minutes -  talk with examples and explanation of project

  3. 20 minutes-  the students will used this time to brainstorm, and cut their collages if they’d like. After cutting the materials students glue cover design together on their book boards and set to dry.

  4. 5 minute-  clean up

  5. 5 minute -  share time/ discussion of their design choices.

Day two

  1. 10 minute  - set up, re-introduce and examples again if needed

  2. 25 minutes  - for folding and gluing pages together and any other extra details they might want to add

  3. 5 minutes - clean up

  4. 5 minutes - discussion about the final project. What did the students like/enjoy the most? What would they like to be different?

Teaching Artist Reflection

Concerns - Students may not want to use collage techniques. If they choose not to and only use the 1 sheet to cover everything, finding something to fill the time could come up.

Extended learning - Once a student knows how to make the books they will be able to show others.


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