It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Drafting with Tradition

The history of movable and pop-up construction begins within the walls of a medieval monastery and the Benedictine monk Matthew Paris (1200 – 1259) is said to have applied the first wheel for educational purposes.  From 16th century onward pop-up books became rabidly more popular along the advances in printing. The visually complex structures often related to medicine, mathematics and technology were superb teaching tools making learning more effective, interactive and memorable.
More about pop-ups and their history, please click here.
Last weekend an enthusiastic group of 12 students engineered 12 different structures (vegetables and critters) under Shawn Sheehy's instruction and guidance.  This was already the third time Shawn was visiting our school and this time the topic was vegetables and critters. To see a few more images from our workshop, please click here.

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