SchoolArts Magazine

MAY 2019

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 19 show where they would later glue their smashed soda can—the head of their bird. Next, they drew an imaginative bird body, outlined it in black permanent marker, and painted it in tempera. • Students used modeling clay to shape a pointed or rounded upper and lower beak and attached it with white glue within the rim of the tab side of a smashed can. The beak was large enough to fill the circle. Breathing holes were made on the upper beak with a pencil. • White clay was glued to the can for eye shapes. Beads or permanent markers were used to make pupils. • The smashed soda can was hot- glued onto the chipboard where they had traced the circle earlier. • Extra clay was used for details such as eyebrows, cheeks, lips, and hair. Wires, feathers, buttons, doilies, and beads were also available. Reusing and Repurposing Students have had such fun with this assignment and it was easy on my budget. We've had Larry Birds, touCANS, penguins, pilots, and costumed birds as ballerinas, hula dancers, farmers, and so forth. Our annual display of birds is a welcome attraction to our school lobby. Students learn that they can reuse items in creative ways and create something worthwhile with minimal supplies. Rita Roberts is an art teacher at Bradie Shrum Elementary School in Salem, Indiana. rroberts@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K james-audubon A soda bird invasion in our school's lobby.

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