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Elementary Studio Lesson imagiNatioN InStaLLatIOnS Molly McNeece E very art teacher needs a nofail, in the pocket, do anywhere lesson. My favorite involves making sculptures from recycled newspaper rolls. It can be completed with one student or one hundred, kindergarten through high school, and everyone is always successful at it. This lesson also eliminates the "that's weird" and the "I don't get it" conversations. I love it. You can build large abstract group installations, connect mathematically with geometry, or build small individual sculptures. It's up to the imagination! 30 October 2013 SchoolArts I begin with a quick study of installation artists such as Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Andy Goldsworthy, Judy Pfaff, and Rachel Whiteread. Discussing these artists' goals and different use of materials helps students visualize the possibilities and understand the meaning of installation art. Making Newspaper rolls After the introduction, it's time to build the newspaper tubes. I divide the class into groups and supply each with a pile of newspaper and a few rolls of masking tape. Then I demonstrate the newspaper rolling technique. As students work rolling tubes, I turn on rock and roll music. I usually have a "rolling" contest and let the group with the most rolls at the end of the class be the first ones to start building at the next class. A Collaborative Installation Because the collaborative artwork may swing or drop under its own weight, make sure the school's motion and light alarms are not on where the work is hanging. (Ask for permission before beginning the installation.) Building outside on a sunny day or in a covered area is also fun. I had a blos-