As I've told before I'm a teacher in a regular school in Algarve (south of Portugal). I teach all kinds of visual arts and artistic technologies. My pupils are children from 10 to 14 years old, usually grouped in about 16/20 each class.
It's a very hard job!!! Nowadays children know very well that money can buy almost everything so, convince them that handwork can be fun as well as a good mind developer (besides the natural utility) is really something... but I started teaching in 1972 and I never gave up making them learn that and many other principles.
By accident I found the word of miniatures and also by accident I discovered that those children like miniatures too. Every year I introduce them to the small world of miniatures with simple projects. The difficulty of the tinny scales is compensated by the great variety of techniques I can teach in a short time. Dividing the class in smaller groups, every group works with a different technique and after they teach the other colleges.
Last year, with one class, I could go further. We took 6 months working in a special project. Three times a week, 90 minutes each time, they learned the way of living in a small village from the North of Portugal during the beginnings of the 19th century. They research books and Web. With the help of my partner, teacher Orlando Lopes, they could show their work.
And I’m very proud to show it to you too.
I must say that we didn’t follow any rigorous scale. Their work flew according to the measures and proportions of the human body as they started by doing the inhabitants and their clothes. Lots of different materials were used but mainly natural materials, paper, modelling paste and of course lots of glue!…
And please, remember this was made by children! Enjoy it.
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