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Paintbrush Rocket | 4th Grade – Aminah Robinson Accordion “RagGonNon” Books
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4th Grade – Aminah Robinson Accordion “RagGonNon” Books

4th Grade – Aminah Robinson Accordion “RagGonNon” Books

Formally known as, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Aminah Robinson has become one of my top 10 favorite artists I teach. Β Her artwork is no narrative, students love to see it, hear the story and are ready to create after the incredible visual stimulation of a slideshow of her work.

Here are a few fun facts about Aminah Robinson along with some of my favorite original pieces of hers:

  • AminahΒ lived her entire life in Columbus, Ohio
  • AminahΒ decided one day, she was sick and tired of doing her hair, so she cut it all off. Β She lived many years bald by choice.
  • The elder women in her family had a huge impact on her art. They shared many storiesΒ of how their ancestors came from Africa as slaves, and then the road to freedom. Β Aminah’sΒ art is filled with these stories and stories of others she found in hundreds of hours of research in the library, one of her favorite places.
  • Aminah’s dad also impacted her art, he taught her to see with deep concentration. Β She would look at something until she could turn away and sketch it from memory in her sketchbook. He taught her how to sculpt out of “Hogmawg” – a made up clay, made from mud, sticks, glue and pigment.
  • Aminah is most known for her “RagGonNon’s” – A work of art that took years to create and research. They reference the past, present and future.

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Accordion books are very simple and fun to teach. Β In anticipation of this project, several weeks before, I had to catch up one of my fourΒ classes that had fallen behind. My other three classes were in charge of watercoloring the papers that we used for the books. Β Each student covered an 18×24 white 80lb. watercolor paper in the chosen color group of the day. Β We painted the papers on BOTH SIDES with left over TIE-DYE! Yes, you got that right, Tie-Dye! It makes beautiful watercolor paints! Β Since it was still in squirt bottles, I walked around squirting dye on paper and let the students move it around. Β It was quick and effective!

When we were ready to move ahead with the project, I cut them into 6×24″ strips. Β Every student needed two pieces and two pieces of 6″ square cardboard.

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Both papers are folded the same… First in half, then one side folds back towards the fold, flip over and same on the other side. Basic accordion fold.

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Once you have two pieces folded, I stand them up on their sides. Β You want an them to look like the letters M & W. Glue the right side of the M to the left side of the W. After I demonstrate, I make sure all students have M & W before they glue. It is easy to glue wrong.

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Then before moving on… they ALL should have something that looks like this…

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Next, students pick out two 6″ long pieces of yarn for tying books closed, (if you want to do this step). Β I have students tape them on with masking tape. Β Tape one side in the center of the open side, (non fold), flip book over and tape second piece of yarn in the same spot, so pieces match. Β Then, glue on cardboard covers to each side with glue stick.

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Students completed a Storyboard for their book, to work out their thoughts. Β Like Aminah Robinson, I wanted them to reference the past presence and future. Β Since they are young, with limited life experience, they could use two present time if they wanted to. Β They were to write their sentences first, then illustrate. It worked out great!

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Before starting to write sentences and illustrate, students added some fabric inside to frame in the spaces. I was very happy with the results! Β The books are so great! Take a look at the whole process… we had a lot of fun!

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Back of the books, they were able to write a word that was symbolic of the book.

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