Tomorrow he writes a provincial math exam and that will be the official end of Gr.9. Last week was locker and classroom clean out so we finally got to see some of his creative work when this came home.
Early in the new year we were asked to pick up a can of stain. For the 'stool' he was making in TechEd (aka wood shop). Details were sketchy...."it's just a stool, you know, one of those stepping stool things".
Uhm, this is some kinda stool!! I was completely floored by this project and am so impressed that 14 & 15 year old kids are making something so complex in their second semester of wood shop. Previous projects included two turned bowls, a soup-stirrer and a paper towel holder. This seems like rather a large step up (in more ways than one - the seat is 26" high).
But that's not all! T also had a really inspiring fine arts teacher that assigned really interesting projects so that kids who were not keen or confident in drawing and painting could still find success. There were very cool pictorial collages with photos the kids took themselves as well as magazine images. It seems like ceramics was the big winner for my son, though. He created 2 beautiful bowls for the Food Bank Empty Bowl fundraiser (we managed to 'buy' one back but the other one had been purchased by the time we got there) and this amazing vase.
I absolutely love the colours he chose for the glaze and all of the motifs he used to stamp the clay.
Although he says he didn't realize it at the time, I'm pretty excited about the "K" stamp all over it!
T's definitely got it goin' on in math and science like his mom and dad, but it's great to see that he's been inspired by excellent teachers and creative assignments to work hard at art.
I was thinking maybe next year I could get him working on a sewing cabinet, however he appears more interested in building a Tesla coil for his Gr. 10 personal project. Just what every parent wants in the back yard: homemade lightening. Yikes.