SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2018

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painted a 12" (30 cm) embroidery hoop or wooden beads, choosing color schemes and experimenting with color mixing along the way. On the final day of our project, I opened art class with examples of how parts can become a whole. In this case, our "parts" were small bells, our painted clay pieces, wooden beads, string, and a hoop. I demonstrated knot-tying and bead-stringing techniques, and students strung everything up. It's always fascinating to see which students are thrilled to spend an entire class period put - ting beads on a string! An Exploration of Clay While unknowingly exploring the concepts of 3D objects interact- ing in a space, students thought- fully decided where each string s hould hang, and with some help, tied it securely into place. There was so much pride in my students who tied knots successfully: "Mrs. Liedke, I did it!" To close out this lesson, we had one last round of careful listening, this time with our own mobiles. Our noise mobiles clacked and clanged, jingled and jangled. We all loved incorporating sound and movement into this clay exploration. Sue Liedke is a teacher at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, Pennsyl - vania. susan.liedke @ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K I wanted our noise mobiles to be a collaborative and shared process, with each class working together to make one finished piece. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 31

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