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December 2016

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 21 3D Assemblage After the shapes were cut, I showed students how to slot them together. To do this, I simply made cuts in places where I wanted to join the pieces and slid them together. (Stu- dents may have to cut the slots a little deeper to get the pieces to join the way they desire.) We then discussed stability and how to get started with assembly. It's good to begin the sculpture by find- ing two pieces that are larger than the rest and have at least one straight edge. By slot- ting the pieces together where fill in about half of these shapes with parallel lines, and filled in each shape with colored marker. From 2D to 3D For my next presentation of Dubuffet's work, I concentrated on his monumen- tal sculptures. One of the sculptures we observed together was Monument au fantôme, located in Houston. Students pointed out that the same free-form shapes and lines character- ize his sculptures as his 2D works. We also discussed public art—what it is, who pays for it, and how it benefits the community it is placed in. When students finished color- ing in their shapes, I showed them how to turn their 2D artwork into 3D sculptures. I demonstrated cut- ting out shapes on the black marker lines. I also explained that if students had a lot of very small shapes, they didn't have to cut all of them out; they could leave them joined to an adjacent piece. the straight edges will both be at the bottom, students can create a sturdy, stable base; pieces can be slotted and built up and/or out from those two main pieces. S hapes can also be bent and slotted into two adjacent pieces. Once stu- dents get going, the possibilities are endless! Completed sculptures were hot-glued onto poster-board bases. The Finishing Touch We added one final item to the sculp- tures to further emphasize monumen- tal art, proportion, and scale. I asked students to each make two people to add to their sculptures. Once these figures were drawn, colored, and cut out, students arranged the people around their sculptures. We discussed how the addition of these little people changed our views of the sculptures. The artworks were a great success— students enjoyed the process and were happy with their results! Rita Childress is an art teacher at C.F. Carr Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. ritaart@ alive.com N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K www.theartstory.org/artist- dubuffet-jean.htm Dubuffet was an admirer of the art of children because, in his e es, their art was untainted b he rules of the art world.

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