SchoolArts Magazine

October 2017

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pushed us along: "I don't work with inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work." Success and failure punctuated each of our forty-minute sessions, and we celebrated each time a horse stood on its own. We encour - aged risk-taking and persistence. The First Horse Week after week, month after month, the sculptures took shape and the stu- dio became very crowded. In March, w e took one of the first completed horses out to the grassy space outside the studio to evaluate the sculpture in its natural space. The sun playing through the branches and limbs of the horse and casting the shadow of the sculpture on the lawn suddenly made the horses seem real for students. Public Installation Students eagerly pushed forward toward the installation deadline. Upon completion, the fifteen-horse herd was installed during a profes - sional development day so that parents and students were surprised when they arrived the next morn- ing. Thunderstorms are common i n our region, so to guard against a windstorm blowing a sculpture over, we staked two of each horse's legs. Comments were overwhelmingly positive. Our school board, district superintendent, administrators, fac - ulty, and citizens were impressed w ith the work of our students. These horse sculptures now live on in the yards of students, faculty, and the community of Mineral Wells. Skipper Bennett and Debra Strandberg are art teachers at Travis Elementary in Mineral Wells, Texas. wbennett@ mwisd. net, dstrandberg@ mwisd.net N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K www.danesecorey.com/artists/debo- rah-butterfield A fifteen-horse herd grazes on the Travis Elementary front campus. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 49

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