SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2012

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Middle School Studio Lesson Protecting our Underwater Friends Connie Norman S everal years ago, I was fortunate enough to teach in the children's program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. Anderson Ranch is a magical place where artists young and old come to expand their creative spirits. The children's art program spans a wide range of media for children aged six through seventeen. There are classes to explore painting from nature, making clay instruments, even to rebuild the lost city of Atlantis! Underwater Inspiration This year, my class studied ocean life and learned about protecting sea creatures and preserving their delicate habitat. I am always trying to encourage my students to open their eyes to the world around them; everywhere they look there is design, color, texture, form, and pattern. Since sea creatures are rich with colors, patterns, and textures, we examined life on the coral reef, the coral kingdom, whales, sea turtles, hermit crabs and their homes, and of course, the great white shark. Each student created a clay sculpture representing life from the sea using slab construction and pinching techniques. I wanted students to add sculptural wit and whimsy while also studying and advocating for the delicate world of the ocean. Forming Sea Creatures Students began by researching a variety of ocean creatures using the library, the science department, and the Internet. Once they found an interesting creature, they were asked Brooke Gritten, Sea Horse, grade nine. Alix Prejean, Sea Turtle, grade eight. 36 december 2012 SchoolArts

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