|Project by InsideTheBox||posted 12-19-2015 10:04 PM||569 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
Teaching after-school art classes (4-6 grade), what better way to introduce physics and mechanical terms than to start with a working, functioning axle? Of course it got way out of hand but the kids each got a nice souvenir… Assignment: student designs a car on a 4 1/2×5 paper, then I take them home, cut them out of poplar and bring them back, students sand and paint, I take them home again for clear coat spray and drill axle holes, bring them back, students glue axles/wheels into car bodies….
This project was an excuse to get a new drill press. Thank you, John Hutchinson, for bringing to my attention how cool and versatile and easy-to-use this piece of equipment is!
Have to say I’m glad I live in California where the weather lets me do emergency last-minute spraying. School wants me to do it again for spring fundraiser, but now I feel like I’ve been there, done it. Almost 40 of them. Maybe little model airplanes now instead? Wait—what am I getting myself into? Gad.
(PS – photo #3 was designed by one of the students to challenge me – I cut out his design then watched as he started using it to “shoot” other kids in the classroom – I told him sorry, no guns in the classroom, I will modify it back into a car… when I brought back the modified version, he didn’t want it any more. So I took it home and painted it. Now it’s a PeaceMobile -yeah, I’m from California!- and he gave it to the supervisor in charge of the after-school program, who loves it and put it on display in the library)
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