The backdrop was a piece of cake. I just used the flats I have used for him in the past. I took them to my friend Jeff's school and used them to help teach his tech student a different paint technique.
After painting the 6 flats white, as a base coat and then yellow, as my main color, I taught the students the art of spattering. Most of the students at least tried it. However, most of them complained that they had to work. Although we had warned them that spattering was a mess job, most of them came unprepared to throw paint around. Still, a few of them actually got pretty good at the art of spattering.
I have to say, if my kid wasn't in the class and if their teacher wasn't one of my best friends, I wouldn't bother going down to the high school again. These students are rude. They really don't want to learn. They don't value the opportunities that they have with the free educational system of this country.
On Friday, a couple of these students got under my skin. They were complaining because I was trying to help them grade their set model assignments While complaining they were bullying Hannah because she had put in a good effort with her model. They even had the gall to insinuate that I did Hannah's assignment for her. When I called them on it, one girl whipped around and said something to the effect that I should have anything to say because I wasn't a real teacher and shouldn't be there. That was it. I lit into her.
These students are wasting my tax dollars. They treat their teacher like crap. They treat fellow students like crap. They don't do assignments Yet they expect good grades. They expect high paying jobs. They expect privileges I will not be giving any of those students recommendations. I will not be recommending them for jobs at the high school regarding rentals. I will not be "teaching" them anything again. And I decided to finish my sets myself.
Sadly, I can see that I am wasting my time, my education, and my experience on these students. I will teach my kids. I will allow students that want to learn to work with me. However, class time may be done for this year. These kids don't deserve that wonderful space. They don't deserve the dedicated teacher they have. And they certainly don't deserve my time any more. So, the rest of this set was built and painted in my garage.
I looked high and low for something to make a giant book with turning pages. I saw all kinds great poster board type papers and even foam core at art stores. But I couldn't get them in 4x8 sheets and they cost $13-20 a sheet. Cardboard is not my favorite medium, however, it is affordable. It took me weeks to find someone willing to sell me a minimum of 15 4x8 sheets of cardboard.