SchoolArts Magazine

October 2017

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E A R L Y C H I L D H O O D S imply viewing photos of Richard Serra's amazing metal master - pieces was not enough to give my second-grade students an appreciation of their scale, and the effect they have on the space around them. Even when viewing images of people interacting with his works— walking though them and looking up from inside of them—the magnitude MODELS Beth Moore MINIATURE was still difficult to grasp. So we set out to create mini-metalworks inspired by Serra's sculptures with the hope of gaining an understanding of the artist's use of space and scale. Sculpting with Posterboard While I love using tooling metal in class, I felt that there was a risk of injury with this project if we were to use real metal. We improvised with posterboard, as it is easy to cut and shape into diverse designs for sculptures. Some students chose to mimic Serra's work with large gentle curves, while others found their own styles, such as a zigzag moun - tain and bumpy cloud-like shapes. Once students cut out their designs, I demonstrated how to attach them to a square base using masking tape by creating an L-shape with the tape, with one side running down the shape and the other side running along the base. This was a great chance to discuss angles and the importance of precision in architecture and large artworks. If students' pieces fell over, they had the chance to analyze what was causing the issue and problem- solve to fix it. While working, I heard many students begin to grasp how much math and accuracy Serra must have needed to create his works. Faux Finish The following class period, we brought the art to life with metallic acrylic paint. Students could choose from gold, bronze, or silver with the stipulation that they could only use one. Students painted all sides of their cardboard, as well as the masking tape to disguise it. I was blown away by how amazing the models looked when they were done. Students were able to immerse themselves in the works and understand how the ffected the space and people around them. Reanna Robinson, grade two. 26 OCTOBER 2017 SchoolArts

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