September 10 - October 22, 2018
The fall homeschool session occurred once per week for seven weeks in September and October. Every session provided opportunities for kids, ages 8-12, to learn building skills in collaboration with the peers through the making of life-size, rideable, playable sculptures. Some projects were designed to teach specific skills with power tools (Adirondack chairs in session 1), while others were more open-ended and invited spontaneous creation and imagination (animal sculptures in session 5). Ideas for projects were decided upon as a group; each week we took time to think about and share ideas for what we should make next. In addition to offering a wide-range of project-types, the group was also encouraged to collaborate in many different ways including individual work, small group, pairs and projects that involved the entire group.
Session 1: Adirondack Chairs
September 10, 2018
For our first project kids built 9 Adirondack chairs out of 1x4’s and 2x4’s. The making process was broken down into multiple steps starting with assembling the arm rest frames and finishing by cutting the curved top of the chair and sanding down the edges. This project was designed to introduce the group to the most common tools they will be using throughout the program: jig saw, drills, orbital sander and clamps.