SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2018

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buzz was going around our school. Everyone began asking about the Cupcake Factory. Students invited other classes to join us at the grand opening. By the end of the project, we had the culinary arts, market- ing, audio-visual, science, metal H I G H S C H O O L T his past year, I was determined to introduce my students to more contemporary artists. During my research, I became intrigued with artists who work col- laboratively, such as Red Grooms and the Ruckus Construction Company. Red Grooms is a sculptor who uses wood, nails, papier-mâché, paint, and a team of other artists to create 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! Tyrus Manning The Peace of Cake CUPCAKE FACTORY amazing installations. Studying his work and methods inspired me to create a room-sized papier-mâché art installation with my students. Introducing the Challenge Before students arrived, I stacked up all of the materials I had gathered for the project in a huge pile in the middle of the artroom. As students entered the room, they looked con- fused but intrigued. We gathered around our smartboard to watch a documentary film about Red Grooms titled Sunflower in a Hot House. After discussing the film, I dem- onstrated the basics of papier-mâché. I then pointed to the stack of card- board, old newspapers, and other materials and issued the challenge: Work together to turn our artroom into a Grooms-style art installation using the 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. Caption CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29. Experience the spectacular scener f New Mexico and learn about the rich histor nd artistic vitalit f the Native American, Anglo, and Hispanic cultures that settled the region. Tres Culturas is designed to offer travelers an opportunit o explore the diversit f New Mexico's artistic heritage, from ancient times to the present. Some of the activitie ou'll enjo nclude visits to renowned museums in Santa Fe and Taos, tours of historical sites, visits to the Taos Pueblo, Georgia O'Keeffe's home and museum, Pojoaque Cultural Center, and Roxanne Swentzell's Tower Galler . Firsthand experiences with Native American artists and scholars and contemporar anta Fe artists and artisans make this a unique, educational, and remarkable trip. Join SchoolArts magazine editor Nanc alkup and CRIZMAC president Stevie Mack for this unique trip, which offers ou a rare opportunit o explore the Tres Culturas of New Mexico. For more details, contact or Top: Our 2018 group at the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church in Rancho de Taos, New Mexico, made famous by Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams. Bottom: Another view of the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church in Rancho de Taos, New Mexico. Tres Culturas: Exploring the Artistic Spirit of Santa Fe & Taos themselves! At the grand opening, I could see pride on all of their faces. The Peace of Cake Cupcake Factory will be remembered in our school and community for quite some time. Tyrus Manning teaches art at Morgan County High School in Madison, Georgia. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. W E B L I N K S mâché fabrication, and special needs classes involved. For the grand open- ing, some students also contacted their friends who play music to come and entertain the audience. Reflections The best part of this project was how it strengthened students' com - munication skills, especially their ability to share ideas and work with others to achieve a common goal. The project also taught them that there are multiple ways to do things, as well as the art of compromise and compassion. Finally, I noticed a fam - ily vibe develop in each class that I'd never seen before. Not only did students impress me, they impressed 40 DECEMBER 2018 SchoolArts

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