SchoolArts Magazine

April 2016

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Donna Staten T his collaborative project created lots of excitement while teaching an impor- tant lesson about recycling and bringing attention to the work of contemporary artist, Louise Nevelson. This idea had been developing in my head for years. When I happened to see three 10 × 12" (25 × 30 cm) clean, sturdy boxes in our recycling dump - ster, I knew they were the starting point for the project. I used the bottoms and lids of the boxes for the six sections of my class's assemblage. I started by showing students prints of art- works using recycled materials. I asked them, "Why did these artists use recycled materials?" Answers varied from "To be green," to "They 34 APRIL 2016 SchoolArts Found E L E M E N T A R Y Object Assemblages

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