SchoolArts Magazine

February 2015

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be tricky, especially when trying to create curves, so I let students prac - tice on tables before sending them out to tape up the walls. Once students felt comfortable with this new medium, the next step was finding the ideal location. Since the masking tape is light in value, it was difficult to find a space where the tape would both stick and have enough contrast. Our school's fa├žade is brick, which is great for contrast, but recent humid weather made it difficult for the tape to adhere. We decided to move inside and create our murals on the dark-colored lockers. Armed with rolls of masking tape, each team went to their selected loca - tion and started working. Meanwhile, I circulated around the school, check - ing in on each team. The hallways were full of the sound of tape being pulled from the roll. The final results received a lot of attention from both students and staff. The only disap - pointment came two weeks later when I let students know it was time to take down their art - work. Although my announcement was met with groans, it also came with the underlying understanding that not all art lasts forever. Reflections This was only the second time I attempted a lesson on tape murals and only the first time I incorporated hatching into the lesson. I am a firm believer that, as teachers, we grow each time we give an assignment. I realized that having students explore hatching prior to the taping really enhanced the final murals. Next time I may also explore different types and colors of tape, adding another ele - ment to the final work. Ian Sands is an art teacher at Apex High School in Apex, North Carolina. iansands@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. W E B L I N K Before you walk away from your mural fantasy, consider what can be created using a simple roll of masking tape. 17

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