SchoolArts Magazine

Summer 2017

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18 SUMMER 2017 SchoolArts U pon their arrival in the art- room, my students see a pile of simple household objects. One student says it looks like the junk in their house. Another student says, "Oh no, here she goes again with one of her crazy ideas." I just smile as students enter and I proceed to say, "Well you're right. You are going to make something from these random pieces of junk, as you call them." I advise each student to take one item of interest. That's when the questions start flooding in, but I don't respond. I simply repeat myself: "Choose an object that interests you; that's all I'm going to say." I know the internal turmoil that certain students are going through in the decision- making process of the unknown, but that's all part of the creative process. Inspired by Legrand I was inspired by Gilbert Legrand's work, especially his turning of house- hold objects into whimsical creatures. His ability to take something so simple, something that people use every day without thinking about it, and turning it into something new, really inspired me. His work was the Leigh Drake "Humor is the sunshine of the mind." —Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton Fin d in g Hum o r in th e UNEX P ECTE D E L E M E N T A R Y

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