SchoolArts Magazine

September 2017

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they asked me to help write a grant for another project to bring in a visit - ing artist to work with the university and my students. We received the grant and chose artist Kasia Ozga. She would work collaboratively with my students, Carroll professors, retirees, and local artists on a site- specific, large-scale installation. As the members of the collab- oration began planning, I was thinking about ways to provide real- life experiences for my students and how to tell the story of the project we were doing. If you are thinking of a similar collaborative project, be sure you document every aspect of it through photography. Connecting with History Kasia was interested in using local history to inspire the design of the installation as a way to connect with the community. Carroll University is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, which is also known as Spring City due to the historic springs that were plentiful at the turn of the twentieth century. Our students worked with his- torians at the Waukesha Historical Museum. Students also interviewed senior citizens, who remembered the gazebo-like follies, wood, and stone water pavilions that served visitors at the supposedly curative springs in their heyday. It was important for students to know the community's history in order to connect with it. Cardboard Maquettes After their extensive research, stu- dents created models in cardboard that recreated the radial symmetry of the original Springs Era pavilions and follies. They began by sketching ideas. Then they used cardboard, craft knives, box cutters, glue, tape, and rul - ers to build their cardboard models. Students create models in cardboard inspired by the original Springs Era pavilions and follies. 30 SEPTEMBER 2017 SchoolArts

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