Saturday, April 23, 2016

in parts and pieces

 In the 1820s, Dr. Louis Thomas Jerome Auzoux made beautiful paper mache models of humans, animals, and insects that could be dissected to teach anatomy and medicine to professional doctors and veterinarians as well as to laypeople.  Real cadavers were hard to find, decayed quickly, and created religious, cultural, and legal complications when it came to dissection.  Auzoux developed a secret mixture containing cork, clay, paper, and glue that was much more affordable and durable than wax models and cadavers of the day.  His work was so successful that he set up a factory in his home town of St.Aubin d'Ecrosville in Normandy, France to produce the models that were used world wide for teaching in universities and hospitals.  This May beetle at about five inches long has over over 600 parts labeled!

Friday, April 15, 2016

creation myths by Liz H.

The best teacher I ever had was probably Sally Corsnitz in second grade at Loganville Elementary School.  Mrs. Corsnitz was very creative, encouraging and fun, and she incorporated a lot of imagination into her class projects.  To teach about giving instructions, she passed around a flat rock she painted to look like a remote control while David R. and I got to be robots at the front of the room.  For fire prevention week, we drew pictures of Smokey the Bear, and David R. and I got to paint the giant six foot poster of Smokey in the hallway.  Every day we wrote news reports and creative stories, and these two made me laugh when I found them the other day:
"a man had a pail of stars and he [triped] over a log and His stars fell out and the [wold] Began to turn [upsidown] and that is how the stars got up in the sky."
"there once was a giant who Blew and Blew and he went all over the [wold] and kept on Blowing and that is how the wind got here."

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

wonderful whimsy

 Need a good laugh?  I sure do.  Paul Reubens was on Conan O'Brien a week ago showing off his hilarious wigs for kids and odd items he's collected.  Brilliant!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016

skill chart


A nokogiri is a Japanese saw that cuts on the pull stroke and gives more control than Western saws, but its thin wobbly blade takes some getting used to.  I saved this block of birch from my first day of woodworking class at RISD.  You can see the progression of my first three cuts (or gashes) in the widest one at the center, then at the bottom, then the top...and then the fourth one made by my teacher.