SchoolArts Magazine

October 2017

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Cheryl Olson I walked into a trendy home décor store while on vacation and spot - ted it—the bust of a 10-point buck, white, shiny, and brilliant. At that moment, I knew I wanted him in my home, but more impor - tantly, I knew I wanted to develop a lesson so my students could cre - ate and sculpt their own animal busts. I was hopeful that my excite - ment over this unique design piece would spread to my students; two years later, the excitement has not dwindled. Each semester, my eighth- grade students choose an animal to represent in a faux beastie head. Planning a Faux Animal Head I created a slideshow presentation with many examples of traditional taxidermy heads and a review of the history of animal trophies. I also showed examples of the trendy home décor animal busts that are made with different materials, such as wood, papier-mâché, and cloth. This prompts students to think about the type of animal head they would like to create. I encourage them to choose an animal that interests them, but one that isn't too small. Students next research images on the web to find visuals that will help them plan their 3D pieces. I request that students sketch front, side, and back views of their chosen animals. I also encourage students to look for images of the animal's skull, as seeing the underlying bone structure helps in building the armature/interior framework of the head. Constructing the Wall Mount Students begin construction by first determining the size and shape of the back panel that will hang flat M I D D L E S C H O O L 24 OCTOBER 2017 SchoolArts UP

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