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September 2017

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Students combined all of the card- board models by stacking and plac- ing them together and discussing as a g roup how the installation would look best. From Maquettes to Final Form Once the final design was chosen, Kasia made a hand-drawn rendering and then a digital scale drawing of the model. Students then used her scale drawing to determine the dimensions needed to enlarge the model to the actual sculpture. Students worked in groups and each group was assigned a part of the installation. They learned how to use power tools and worked with artists and engineers to build the structure from pine, plywood, and cedar barn wood. The last step was moving all the pieces to the site on the lawn in the middle of campus. The campus maintenance crew helped us connect and secure each piece of the sculp- ture. The installation sat in place on campus for six months. Reflections This project provided an amazing opportunity for students to work as real artists. They had to figure out the math, learn how to use the tools, problem-solve the stability of the sculpture, and figure out what mate - rials would work best. These are h igh-level thinking skills not always evident in a classroom. I highlighted the interdisciplinary work, the col- laboration, deadlines met, organi- zation, teamwork, commitment, p roblem-solving, application of infor- mation/skills, and design thinking w hen publicizing the project. When this approach to facilitat- ing student learning becomes your n orm, your opportunities and respect for your art program will grow. Start publicizing your students' amazing This project provided an amazing opportunit for students to work as real artists. Kasia Ozga, Spring Loaded, 2015, pine, plywood, cedar barnwood, screws, construction adhesive, 19' x 17' x 11'. Sponsored by Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund, Carroll University Main Lawn. Photo b ic Buell. Students combine their maquettes to create the final design for the installation. works every chance you get. To advo- cate more, you need to be as visible a s possible. Use social media, use your school district's PR person, and call the local media. Don't be afraid to tell everyone how great your students are. It goes a long way towards enhancing and supporting your art program. Angelique Byrne is an art teacher at Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance and Kettle Moraine High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. byr - nea@kmsd.edu N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. W E B L I N K kasiaozga.com/portfolio/spring- loaded SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 31

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