SchoolArts Magazine

JAN 2019

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 19 problem-solved, and thought about ways to attach the materials. To help with initial construction, Rita offered small pieces of corrugated cardboard. A slab of clay on a cardboard base helped anchor materials and became the ground for some of the shelters. Collecting the brown natural mate- rials abundant in our environment has opened up many new and power - ful explorations, projects, and ways of working. Our study of colors helps us appreciate the gorgeous brown in our - selves and each other. Cathy Weisman Topal was a studio art teacher at the Center for Early Child - hood Education at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and is the co-editor of Beautiful Stuff from Nature, coming soon from Davis Publications. She taught these lessons with Shauneen Kroll and Rita Harris. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. W E B L I N K www.smith.edu/about-smith/fort-hill A young student sorts through a collection of natural brown materials.

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