SchoolArts Magazine

APR 2018

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sizes. I precut some geometric shapes and gave each student a rectangular piece of cardboard that would be used as the main shape of the building. Students spent the entire class planning, cutting, and gluing to make their build - ings architecturally interesting. Spending an entire class just cut - ting and gluing encouraged students to take their time. They were also able to cut and assemble much of the cardboard on their own. One beautiful byproduct of this lesson ited palette of warm or cool colors, using tints and shades. By creating a gradient of color, another level of depth and interest was added. During the final stage of the proj - ect, students focused on texture, pattern, and detail. Tin foil, perma - nent markers, and metallic paint were available for students to add details to their cardboard reliefs. Cityscape Display We assembled completed build- ings on a large piece of construc- tion foam board using Velcro hanging strips in overlapping rows. This method created an interesting relief mural. Display - ing the work in this manner created a sturdy foundation for the cityscape. Using Velcro tabs is also a good idea if the mural needs to be taken apart. Build - ings can be separated with mini- mal damage to the artwork and returned to the individual artists. Students loved doing this project. Using the art of Joshua Smith as a starting point gave my students permission to enjoy the imperfec - tions in their own work, and to look at everyday objects, whether they be buildings or materials such as cardboard, in a new way. Suzanne Nall is an art teacher at Parker Woods Montessori in Cincinnati, Ohio. suzanneenall@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K Using the art of Joshua Smith as a starting point gave m tudents permission to enjo the imperfections in their own work. was that when students made a mistake or accidently revealed the corrugation inside of a cardboard piece, they were not deterred. Many instantly recognized that these acci - dents could be elements of interest, adding a layer of "grunge" to their work. I encouraged them to overlap cardboard shapes to add another layer of depth for interest. Adding Depth and Texture On day three of the lesson, students painted their buildings using a lim - SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 33

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