SchoolArts Magazine

March 2015

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schoolartsonline.com 41 chose to represent aspects of outer space, nature, and the church. Moving to Collage While work continued on the back- grounds, students were called up in small groups to discuss and find images of things that they liked in magazines and online. Images of books, films, shows, toys, colors, drinks, foods, dreams for the future, games, places, sports, and more were collected in large piles while students hunted for, printed, and cut out pic - tures. As students searched, they began to understand more about what they wanted to stand for as individuals. Next, each student was given large stencils of the letters of his or her name. I talked about the concept of collage and showed them examples in the art of Kurt Schwitters and Robert Rauschenberg. We assisted students as they painstakingly cut pictures of themselves and their favorites things into pieces that they would eventually collage onto the letter frames of their names. Once the letters and shapes were covered in collages, it was time to arrange them over the backgrounds. When a pleasing arrangement was achieved, students glued the pieces down and let them dry. Presentation Students displayed their finished artworks as part of a professional show at the Roski School of Art at the University of Southern Califor- nia. In such a setting, the art seemed to mark each student's territory in time and place. Visitors commented on how the images of products and popular culture interspersed with the actual images of each student showed a human side to the advertising world. I felt for a moment like putting the works in a time capsule for historians to open a thousand years from now to gain insight into how children lived and saw the world in 2014. A moment later, a parent took a picture of her child's work and said she was upload- ing it to Facebook to share with her followers. John Purcell is a first-grade teacher at the 32nd Street USC Magnet School in Los Angeles, California. drjohnpurcell@yahoo. com N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K 32ndstreet-uscmagnet.schoolloop.com Marianita Cadena, grade one.

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