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November 2016

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 31 cupcakes and a couple of Wayne Thie- baud's painting books of sweet treats. Additionally, I shared several prints of Andy Warhol's works, including 10 Marilyns, $9, and One Hundred Cans. We discussed Thiebaud's love for paint - ing sweets and Warhol's use of repeti- tion. These were the inspiration for our cupcake project. Drawing Cupcakes Before students started their drawings, I demonstrated how to make a line in the space of a "smile" for the bottom of the cupcake, with two straight legs that went up the sides of each smile. Students mirrored that smile line at the top and continued to add more lines for detail and color to the base. Next, we discussed the differ - ent kinds of flavors and icing that cupcakes can have, as well as their features. Some cupcakes have words written in icing, and some have candles and sprinkles; students could choose what to add to their cupcakes. When they finished their first draw- ings, I asked, "Who wants another cupcake?" Students enthusiastically responded, "Me, Me!" Repeating Sweets I demonstrated a different kind of cupcake, this time with candles. We revisited Warhol's work and his use of repetition through printmaking. I then asked students if they could "eat" more than one cupcake. All of their hands went up. Just as Warhol reproduced his images, students were able to draw multiple cupcakes like Thiebaud, though they could make each of theirs different. To prepare for their next set of draw- ings, students selected additional squares of construction paper. I hung the images of Thiebaud's cupcakes and Warhol's prints and asked stu- dents to continue their work. With oil pastels they could draw, color, blend, and overlap to make their cupcakes. They were able to draw at least four to make their own grid, much like Warhol. While students drew, I shared I became an artist when I took a drawing class in high school to learn how to draw on cakes. Resources Susan Goldman Rubin, Counting with Wayne Thiebaud . Chronicle Books, 2007. Susan Goldman Rubin, Delicious: The Art and Life of Wayne Thiebaud . Chronicle Books, 2007. Mike Venezia, Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists, Andy Warhol. Children's Press, 1997. Charise Mericle Harper, Cupcake. Disney-Hyperion Books, 2010. with them that I became an artist when I took a drawing class in high school to learn how to draw on cakes. Yes, icing was my paint and knives were my brushes. Edible Connection Later that afternoon, I brought in "real" cupcakes for my son and his classmates. They mixed their own colors of icing with food coloring to decorate their cupcakes, all while referring to their own cupcake draw- ings for inspiration. These drawings were combined into a grid and taped from the back to put on display while students enjoyed their edible treats. Through this activity, students learned that there is more than one way to draw a cupcake. With the edible cupcake and icing, they devel- oped an understanding of the 3D form as well. Whether it is 2D or 3D, color can inspire every child's imagination and sweet tooth! Aileen Pugliese Castro is an art educator in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 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 QJ5D9Qm8 Autumn, age 5.

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