SchoolArts Magazine

February 2016

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 31 the pig. I then applied a base coat of primer spray paint to the cans. Students painted their cans either pink or grey. After the paintings and cans dried over the course of a week, I asked each student to take a pipe cleaner and wrap it tightly around a pencil. This became a spiral form, which looked like a pig's tail. I used a hot- glue gun to adhere them to the cans. Next, I cut felt into thin strips so students could easily cut out pieces to be used as ears. For feet, I cut corks into small pieces. Students created faces for their pigs by adding googly eyes, felt ears, and a button nose using school glue. They also glued the corks on for feet. Giving the Pigs a Home My young artists and I discussed what kind of admirers liked Pollock's works. "Would pigs like Pollock's paintings?" We determined how the pigs might like his style of art and could use it to decorate their pigsty homes. We examined the cardboard pigsties to decide which way the pigs would like them for their dwell- ings. Students made a fence on their artwork using craft sticks or natural twigs and attached them with school glue. Students showed me where to hot-glue their pigs onto their canvases to make their own Pollock pigsties. By recycling cans, cardboard, and other materials into these works of art, students were able to use art materi - als and tools in a safe and responsible manner. Pollock's works have inspired many people, and now these young art - ists have inspired one another. Great works of art are not to be copied, but to be reimagined into new forms of art and visual culture. Aileen Pugliese Castro was a visual arts instructor at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, Canada, when she taught this lesson. aileen@ 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 Great works of art are not to be copied, but to be reimagined into new forms of art and visual culture. Sophie Rolfsen Benjamin Burke SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 31

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