SchoolArts Magazine

March 2018

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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38 MARCH 2018 SchoolArts M I D D L E S C H O O L BUILDING OF THEIR OWN CASTLES Rachel Wintemberg C astles were the engineering marvels of medieval Europe. They were also beautiful works of architecture. The magnificent ruins we see today were originally designed to keep their inhabitants safe from attack, to estab- lish power, colonize territory, and spread culture. Designing and build- ing imaginary castles proved to be an ideal way to bring STEAM into my middle-school classroom. Castles of Their Own After watching a PBS video about David Macaulay's book Castle on You- Tube, my students gathered into groups t o design their own 3D fortresses using large pieces of tag board taped to card- board bases. I showed them how to cut

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