SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2018

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a functional business and entertain- ment venue that sold papier-mâché cupcakes, as well as real cupcakes. Creating the Cupcake Factory To create a cupcake factory with a storefront, students decided to use cardboard and poles to create walls separating the kitchen from the showroom. Next, they made a list of figures they wanted to create from papier-mâché: seven employees, two musicians, and four customers. We also decided that each student would make at least two original cupcakes. To broaden the reach of the project, students invited teachers and students from other subjects to join us and collaborate on our project. Of special interest to everyone was pulling in the culinary art classes so we could have real cupcakes, too! Work together to turn our artroom into a Grooms-style art installation using these materials. Students were excited but unsure how we would accomplish such a monumental feat. Choosing an Idea We discussed what it means to col- laborate on a project and the theme of teamwork became our mantra. I told students that they could do anything they wanted, but it had to be school- appropriate and everyone had to agree on the idea. To arrive at an idea, stu- dents brainstormed individually and in small groups first, then in bigger groups, and finally as an entire class. By the end of the first week, we narrowed our list of ideas down to five and voted. Our winning idea was to convert our classroom into the Peace of Cake Cupcake Factory, CONTINUED ON PAGE 40. Growing Collaboration As the project progressed, we decided to "brand" our cupcake factory. I gave some students the assignment of creating a logo for our business. Once we had a logo, we made t-shirts and flyers and hung them around school. The flyers read, "Peace of Cake Cupcake Factory Grand Open - ing, April 11th!" Word was out and a The best part of this project was how it strengthened students' communication skills, especiall their abilit to share ideas and work with others to achieve a common goal.

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