SchoolArts Magazine

September 2015

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 29 H I G H S C H O O L I started using STEAM long before it had a name. All the lessons I teach have some tie-in to core content—some more than others. Every year I do one sculpture project that requires some amount of biologi- cal research. I find that organic forms allow students to be looser with their work. When a portrait is "wrong," it's obvious, but when a leaf or tree is a bit "off," it still looks like the organic form that was intended. Often I focus on plankton, viruses, or microbes, but this year we focused on pollen and seeds. Writing and Research Students began with writing. They wrote down their cultural origins and also listed their birth dates. They Expressive Organic Forms Eric Gibbons

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