Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Future Is Looking Brighter (400 watts brighter)

Just like our kids, we parents and teachers prepare ourselves for a new school year. This fall I fit into both categories of parent and teacher. Not only am I looking forward to my kids returning to high school (as I know they are *cough*), but I am also excited about returning to teaching at 212 Art Center in Saline and starting up a workshop in Warren, Michigan for the Warren Fine Art Center at the Warren Community Center.
Though my prior classes have involved transfer paper for transferring photos onto drawing paper I wanted to make it easier and cleaner for my students. (I'm hoping to cut down on time as well.)
I strongly suggested to my handyman of a husband that I would like a homemade light box since they can be pretty expensive. We started out with the idea of a small box (8 x 10) but calculated that it would be cheaper to make a large one to accommodate 4-6 students. (That is, cheaper than building 4-6 light boxes.) If any of you know my husband, he is the "Tim the Tool man" of our subdivision. We actually have a sign for his garage "Bill the tool man". If there's a way to build it bigger and better, Bill will do it.
I've never been so excited about a project of his as I have now! This box looks so professional and works so well! Neighbors will now know when I'm working when they see the house lit up as bright as the Griswold's on "National Lampoon"s Christmas Vacation" Hahahaha!
I'm really hoping my students will enjoy the simplicity of using it and maybe during the cold months they'll appreciate the warmth it gives off. The only drawback is they may need sunglasses. Hahahaha!
I've been working on the tulips but not enough to blog it and see any tremendous headway. I'm hoping to make a major dent this weekend with Labor Day weekend being a three day weekend.
Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend.

my new sleek machine!

8 x 10 photo with a 12 x 16 (800 grit) Uart paper on top (can you see how strong the light is?!)

......and then there was light!!!


Lynda Schumacher said...

WOW Dianna......that thing is HUGE! Send Bill over here; I have some projects for him!

Vicki Greene said...

Very professional looking like box. Aren't hubbies wonderful!

Dianna Soisson said...

Well Lynda,now that you mention it, I was thinking about renting him out but that doesn't sound very good. Hmmmm....I'm going to have to give it some thought on how to rephrase that. Any ideas? LOL! You'll have to come check it out. I can't wait to see my students' faces!

Thank you Vicki and yes, hubbies can be wonderful. I just have to pick a project he's interested in. (But don't we all?!)

Teresa Mallen said...

Woo-hoo Bill! The lightbox looks fabulous!!! I am sure your students will be delighted...and then they will want one for themselves...and then you and Bill will be the new Ester and Mario! :-) You go girl!!!