SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2014

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ment. One group was given a phone book, tape, and hole punchers, with which they developed "balance sculp- tures" to make connections between art, math, and sci- ence. Architecture and urban plan- ning were explored in another lesson about landscapes constructed with cardboard and tag board. After students have created their lessons, address questions such as: • Can these works go back into nature? • Can my artwork be recycled after it has been created? These challenges can be given to young artists to develop their works of art, which they can then recycle. Children can reuse, remake, and recycle to show sustain- ability in school, ing participants, "What inspirations will today's challengers bring?" In the same vein, I give groups of pre-service students a silver platter filled with vari - ous "ingredients" from the class - room's inventory of found objects. The question that guides their inquiry is, "What kind of lesson can you design using these particular materials to develop three-dimen - sional forms and make connections with other subjects?" In their groups, they brainstorm the possible options. They are given one hour to create their group prototype using their special ingredients. Respond and Assess In my class, student responses varied from large group sculptural works, where four or five students made a large sculpture; to individual pieces that came together in a group sculp- ture, like multiple bugs in an environ- at home, and in their community. By considering everyday objects as pos- sible materials for sculptural forms, students and teachers are given oppor- tunities to make connections between the visual arts and the other disci- plines in school. Aileen Pugliese Castro is a visual arts instructor at Arts Umbrella and the Uni- versity of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. aileen@ W E B L I N K S america/index.html watch?v=u2e9nTeIwFk There are many possibilities for three-dimensional art- making that are put in the garbage every day. Kari. Karen. 21

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