SchoolArts Magazine

FEB 2013

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Working Collaboratively cardboard, and fabric to bring their Some students stayed in during their visions to life. recess times to make additional Our school is K through eight, and pieces. Students who returned to the every grade worked on the map. Food process taught students who were was colorfully represented in the form of produce, ice cream, pizza, and choc- new to the experience. I explained to all that sometimes one artist might olate. Artists in grades five through begin a sculpeight were determined to make No ordinary map, this work of tural form and figures involved art is active with the combined another might add to it or comin water sports, experiences and emotions of plete it. such as wind our entire school community. A student surfing, skiing, in eighth grade parasailing, and assumed responsibility for attaching river rafting. In grade seven we had the pieces to the map with T-pins and some dedicated camel crafters. The hanging the modeled air force from students in eighth grade, days away the ceiling. This made the map a flexfrom leaving for their graduation trip to Israel, insisted that I photograph the ible entity, allowing each element to easily be moved around. Excitement entire group and place their photos in resonated throughout the school, and the raft on the map. faculty members and administration Some of my more sophisticated artvisited to witness our process freists rendered more complex elements, quently. such as a passenger boat in Haifa harbor, the Carmel forest fire and fireReflections fighters, a Bedouin and tent, and an As we surveyed the completed piece, aqueduct. The fortress at Masada was a mother passed by with her two sons. produced by a brother and sister team. "Look" she exclaimed to her children, "see that boat? That is how your grandparents traveled." And, on the spot, she narrated her parents' immigration story to her children. It has become so clear that this map (or is it a mural?) never needs to be declared finished. It is a living monument that is ever-changing, just like the artists who created it and those who will continue to add to it in the future. This article is proudly sponsored by Twisteez Wire. Laurie Bellet is the art specialist at Oakland Hebrew Day School in Oakland, California, a creative consultant for Torah Aura Productions, and a Covenant Foundation grantee. NAtioNAl StANdArd Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas. Web liNk

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