The Popular Edge, Pop-Up and Book Arts News

August 30, 2008

Pop Your Candidate Into the White House!

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It’s fun, it’s easy, and you don’t even have to register! Print this file on card stock and pop the candidate of your choice out of the page and into the White House.

Click here to download the pdf file, print all three pages onto card stock, then follow instructions to assemble your own Campaign ’08 pop-up card. And don’t forget to VOTE in November.

 

 

 

Want to make more pop-ups? Order Carol Barton’s workbook,
The Pocket Paper Engineer
How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step
http://www.popularkinetics.com/sales_page.html

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July 17, 2008

Who Said Librarians Haven’t a Sense of Humor?

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Austin Library drill cart team

Austin Library drill cart team

While teaching a class at the Nashville Public Library, we were treated to an audition performance of their library cart drill team. Apparently this is a growing phenomenon among librarians, and there’s a national competition of drill team performances. The Austin Library won this year’s competition. You’ve got to watch this YouTube video; it will make you see librarians in a whole new light. (Hint: the best part’s in the middle).

November 30, 2007

Radio Lab: Radio at its Best

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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

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.

August 16, 2007

Attention All School Teachers!

Art, Books, and Creativity program, Arlington Virginia schools

Lesson plans on how to incorporate book arts into standard classroom curicula will be available this fall on a new web site sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The web site will be posted in September. Please pass this information on to any teachers you know who might be interested in utilizing this important free resource within their classrooms! Email me and I will send you an announcement with the web address when it is up.

ABC (Art, Books, and Creativity) is an elementary-level arts integration curriculum that helps students make connections between visual art, writing, and other classroom subjects. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, ABC is a model for integrating the visual arts into core school curicula. I have 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 storytelling 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. Please take advantage of this resource!

July 27, 2007

The Pocket Paper Engineer, Progress Report

The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume 1
Between classes this summer, I’m continuing to work on volume 2 of my workbook series, The Pocket Paper Engineer. The upcoming volume will demonstrate how to construct and glue pop-up props and platforms. It’s a big job. First I design the pop-up projects, then I photograph them and adjust the photos in Photoshop. Next I write and illustrate the step-by-step instructions, add more examples of finished illustrations, and test out the results. Since I’m also the publisher, I’ll be “on press” in China, checking color and positioning. I’m anticipating volume 2 to be out in the Spring of 2008.

 The Pocket Paper Engineer, volume 1, got a great review on the BoingBoing web blog this week. If you’ve never seen this site, billed as “A Directory of Wonderful Things,” it’s worth a visit. The review was also carried on another interesting blog, Geekdad.com.

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