Thursday, September 01, 2016
kids at work...
Strictly speaking, in educational sloyd, decoration of work was frowned upon, as the purity of underlying form was an objective. But that may work best when kids are in middle school or older.
I tend to be more closely aligned with the first rule of educational sloyd... Start with the interests of the child. Decorating their own work is one of the things children love best.
In my own work, I've made progress on making turned steeples for my chapels of wood, as shown in the photo far below. The steeple is not mere decoration of form, as it is intended as a symbol suggesting that viewers enter a state of reverence as they behold samples of the various woods of Arkansas.
Make, fix, create, and offer to others the chance of learning likewise.