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September 25, 2013

STEAM teaching through Paper Engineering

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Yoshimoto Video

We at Popular Kinetics are big proponents of Art as a part of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (the acronym is STEAM). After all, discovery involves the art of observation, and design is integral to the process of making things. In celebrating the new school year, we’re dedicating the next two posts to paper engineering as it relates to math and science. Combining these disciplines makes them less intimidating and much more fun, and can lead to an integrated understanding of surface, form and function. So here’s a clever little stop action video featuring some engaging paper forms.

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January 10, 2009

It’s a Wonderful Internet Video

It's a Wonderful Internet video

Happy New Year! To begin the year, we’ve found this wonderful animation of a pop-up book based on the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. We think it’s a great example of pop-up iconography. Click here  to view it.

August 2, 2008

Book Animation by Chris Northey


Chris Northey did this inventive 3-dimensional book animation, called “Start Running Pico,”  while living in Japan. It speaks to the dynamic balance between creation and distruction that is part of most mythologies. Watch it here on YouTube.

May 16, 2008

What is Art?

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What is art? Critics have debated this question forever. Here is a funny yet thoughtful discussion of the subject, presented in claymation by a host of gregarious animal characters. Though they don’t answer the question definitively, they make some pertinent points.

April 21, 2008

Young Sudanese Paper Engineers

Ruth Marcus\'s class with the pop-ups they made

Ruth Marcus teaches an art class with students who are mostly Sudanese refugees. Recently she did a project where they learned how to make some basic pop-ups. “With only two pieces of paper, some cutting and some glue, the kids can make moving cards of their very own, and color all over them as well.” Visit the kids at Ruth’s blog to see more photos.

April 17, 2008

Volume Two, The Pocket Paper Engineer

Volume 2, The Pocket Paper Engineer

The long-awaited Volume 2 of Carol Barton’s The Pocket Paper Engineer is on it’s way, and will be available in late June. This volume will cover the steps in constructing four glued pop-ups: platforms, props, spirals, and straddles. The book includes ten new projects to be constructed right out of the book, plus lots of photos, ideas, and step-by-step instructions for creating your own pop-ups.

Visit http://www.popularkinetics.com/sales_page.html to place your pre-publication order now!

November 30, 2007

Radio Lab: Radio at its Best

Filed under: art classes, children's classes, Favorite Links, teaching kids — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 11:13 pm

Radio Lab

Here at Popular Kinetics, radio is our constant studio companion. One of our favorite shows is Radio Lab, produced by New York Public Radio station WNYC. With themes such as Sleep, Morality, and Time, each hour-long segment approaches its subject from a scientific, artistic, and philosophical viewpoint. The station only produces about five shows a year because they are so research- and labor-intensive. Each program is funny, insightful, and full of great storytelling.

Here’s a sample podcast. Sleep  Every creature does it – from giant hump back whales all the way down to fruit flies – and yet science still can’t answer the basic questions: Why do we sleep? What is it for? We’ll eavesdrop on the uneasy dreams of rats in search of answers. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2007/05/25

November 26, 2007

Paper Cut-Out Music Video

Mates of State Band

Paper Animation is hot this year! Fraud in the 80’s is a light-hearted music video by the band Mates of State that combines paper cut-outs, collage, dancing art materials, and more. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERW1UfLalw4

October 4, 2007

Art, Books, Creativity Classroom Curriculum

ABC Curriculum

The ABC web site is now up! ABC stands for Arts, Books, & Creativity, and is an elementary-level arts integration program that helps students make connections between visual art, writing, and other classroom subjects. Based on a two-year pilot program designed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, ABC is a model for integrating the visual arts into core school curicula.

A complete set of lesson plans on incorporating book arts into the classroom is now available on the web site, www.artbookscreativity.org  Please pass this information on to any teachers who might be interested in utilizing this important resource! I’ve been involved as one of the artist-teachers in this program from its inception, and have found that teaching kids to make their own books empowers them to improve their reading and writing skills, explore new subject matter, and develop three-dimensional design and trial-and-error problem-solving techniques. In an era when the arts have been reduced or cut from many school programs, this is an important way to incorporate them back into the classroom as a vital teaching tool.

September 8, 2007

How to Make a Pop-Up Photo

How to Make a Pop-Up Photograph

Did you ever want to pop up photos of your family, your pet, or your best friends? Now you can, by following the step-by-step instructions we’ve posted on Wikipedia’s How-To Encyclopedia. Just go to http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Pop-up-Photograph.

The Wikihow Encyclopedia covers a wealth of subjects, from crafts, to plumbing, to how to make Eggs Benedict. You can add the “How-To Of The Day” selection to your own Google page by going to www.google.com/ig. And we’re excited that our Pop-Up Photo How-To has been chosen by Google to appear as their feature on September 10th!How to Make a Pop-Up Photograph

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