Workshop at Orchard Valley Waldorf School
I’m taking a brief break from my book reviews this week – I taught bookbinding classes for the past three days and my brain is still in the classroom.
Yesterday was day two at the Orchard Valley School in East Montpelier, Vermont. I’m working with nine eighth graders. I know that this is going to sound dorky, but they are seriously adorable. I’m pretty sure that the last thing a teenager wants to be called is adorable, but too bad. They’re adorable.
They’ve all known each other forever and there’s a kind of family vibe that goes on between them. I’m enjoying watching them interact with each other.
I’m teaching 8 classes in total – the work is a combination of my Know When to Fold ‘Em and Recycled Accordion Book workshops. The students will have completed five books by the end of the run – all of the structures are variations on the accordion book.
This week, they learned the basics of gluing, manipulating paper, and covering boards. For the recycled book, they wove together strips of envelope security patterns to create a cover paper.
I love showing others how to appreciate the beauty that can be found in unexpected places. These students are really creative and they just dive into the work without hesitation or self-judgment. I wish I could get that fearless spirit back.
On the second day, a few of them brought in their own papers to use in their projects. I love love love the paper woven together with strips from a 50’s magazine page. I have decided to call her Spooky 50’s Lady Head.
Next week I’ll teach the class how to create the interior page structures of the five books.