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October 2018

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M oney is a good motivator for high-school students. I would say they're often fix- ated on it, but don't quite u nderstand the value and hard work it represents. Given an allowance, they'll sometimes make frivolous purchases when they could be saving for some - thing more enduring. So, we began t his lesson with a discussion of things they would like to save up for. Often it was a car, but for others it was money for travel, for a cause, for financial sta - bility, or for a first home. In this project, students created three-dimensional piggy banks in the form of an object that represents what they want to save up for. We've done this project in clay, but here we worked with plaster over cardboard. Both versions begin the same way— with some writing. Mapping Goals After our discussion, students com- pleted a simple worksheet where t hey wrote down their goals. The statements began like this: • By the time I graduate from school, I hope that I... • In ten years, I hope that I... • In twenty years, I hope that I... • Before I die, I hope that I... Choosing a Meaningful Subject Students shared their goals and we discussed the idea of symbols. For some, it was easy—if you want to depict a particular car, it can be transformed into a piggy bank; a house, again, pretty straightforward. Money for charity required a bit more research into the colors and symbols used for that charity. For financial stability, students had to research and decide what that kind of stability would give them. I encouraged students to draw sev- eral sketches for each of their answers o n the worksheet, and they chose the best one to turn into a 3D bank. While sketching, they broke down their ideas into relatively basic forms: cone, cube, cylinder, sphere, pyramid, etc. Choosing Materials We discussed what materials would be best to build the 3D forms. Cardboard worked for most students, but a few needed balloons, aluminum foil, or H I G H S C H O O L Art to Eric Gibbons BANK ON 44 OCTOBER 2018 SchoolArts

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