Angst, Art & Answers

Well, it's been a while since I posted! I haven't been doing much art this last week but I do have a couple of photos to share below. This is going to be a long post!

I've been going through the yearly homeschool curriculum angst that hits homeschoolers around this time every year. This year has been particularly hard for me as I haven't been through it for a few years. My oldest has been taking university courses for a couple years now and my youngest was in K last year and Gr.1 this year. I've been concentrating on reading (and math) with him and curriculum choices were easy. But now that he is entering Gr. 2 next year I've been working on "The Plan" for the rest of elementary and been spending most of my free time visiting homeschool forums and curriculum websites. It's been years since I've visited the forums and it's like I never left! Everyone is asking the same questions they were asking five (even ten!) years ago. Don't know if I find that comforting or disturbing! Curriculum talk is pretty much the same as when I left the forums scene, though there a few new ones in the past couple years that I hadn't heard of so had to go check them out too. Didn't find anything new that interested me, except for Science. So I'm pretty sure I have all my choices made for next year and have a "Plan" written out.

One day I was missing my art and just had to Glue something. So I did a couple of blindfold gluebook style atc's. Blindfold-ing is when you close your eyes and tear three pages out of a magazine and make a card using only those pages. I added a sharpie as I can't "not" doodle.

Abigail & An Opportunity Awaits

I'm not crazy about the one with the clock but I do like "Abigail"!

I've also been working on a larger piece.

Life Happens
Life Happens
Click to see larger. If you click on "All Sizes" you can read the text. This was kind of a "don't-think-about-it-too-much" piece and isn't one of my favourites but I do like it, nevertheless. I tried to incorporate as many of the prompts in this as I could. I didn't use the prompts per-se but was consciously trying to get the same layering effect.

Some answers to questions I've had recently:

ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. It is no different than an ATC. The only difference is the intended use. An ATC is for trading and an ACEO is for selling. Not that I necessarily intend to sell them, I just feel better sometimes calling mine ACEO's.

The prompt words I've been using are from this site. You will find the original 20 word prompts there and descriptions of each. Since I started this I have now changed some of the words to work better for me. My revised list of twenty prompts are: PAINT, TEXTURE, TEXT, PAPER, CHALK, PASTELS/WATER SOLUBLE CRAYONS, CHARCOAL, PENCIL, STAMP, STENCIL, WIPE, INK, PATTERN, 3-D, WRITE, IMAGE, SMUDGE, DRAW/DOODLE, SAND, SURPRISE.


Anonymous said…
That blindfold gluebook style sounds very interesting. It would be a new way of looking at your project.
Anonymous said…
Thanks so much for the list of words and the link. I like the blindfold gluebook idea as well.

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