Workshop prep: Here comes the "Sun"

Guess what I’m going to be doing, once the fog lifts? Sealing a massive amount of wood panels — about 80 of them — for a class I’m going to teach next week.

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I’ve partnered with the Bellevue Big Picture School to create a collage project based on the book “Copper Sun,” which some of their eighth-graders have been studying. The historical novel centers a young West African girl swept up into the North American slave trade. Intense, but I’m told the students are diving into the story of a girl who’s almost exactly their age when she’s kidnapped and sold.

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So this weekend I’ll be elbow-deep in matte medium and paper, as well as the other materials I’m going to bring to class. Cross your fingers that the sunny weather holds… I need these panels to dry fast!