Monday, June 13th, 2011...2:49 PM
Our Solar Art
Cade and I are done with school. But school is never done with us. Bit by bit we just keep the learning coming. This week we were inspired by my friend Jennifer, whose blog Toadhaven is always fun to visit. This project, which only uses a block of wood, a magnifying glass and some strong sun, was too irresistible to not try. Oh, and some sun glasses sure do come in handy. My phone rang during this project and I couldn’t see anything but a purple, blurry blop while trying to find the buttons on the phone. Haha!
You start with a block of wood. We have a little kids carpentry set that has a bunch of scrap pieces of wood in it. But anything works. In fact, we had to be extra careful at the edges of our art to not set the deck on fire!
I was surprised at how easy it was to control. I did one first because I wanted to know how to tell Cade to progress with it. And any time the smoke got strong, indicating an imminent flame, I pulled back and it went right out.
Cade learned much faster than I thought he would. He was very instinctual about it. But you’d have to gauge your own child’s abilities before attempting something like this, especially around a wooden deck. Jennifer did hers on the sidewalk near their yard, which was a better idea. It was so hot that Cade’s art piece actually took several days.
One thing I noticed, though, was that the spots where I had penciled in my design seemed to grab the light easier. So I felt like I had an easier time than Cade did, since he wasn’t following pencil, just grain.
This is mine. The way I hooked Cade onto this project was to finish mine first and hand it to him. Immediately, he brought it up to his nose because he could smell the smokiness of the scorch marks. I said, “Doesn’t it smell good?” and he breathlessly replied, “Yeessss….mmmm.”
I have to use any hook I can for art….LOL