SchoolArts Magazine

Summer 2018

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"town" pages, the remaining pages could be collaged with nature scenes (organic shapes) such as a pond or trees. One student who created Indo- nesian stilt houses made beach scenes on those pages. One student took on the challenge of adding origami ele- ments to her book. Another student designed a town of buildings that looked like different kinds of foods. Students learned to fringe and ruffle paper for grass and waves of water. They layered their houses by adding overlapping shapes, creating windows, doors, and more. Cutting shapes to fit was a challenge for some students. Others were more skilled and needed little assistance. Students had many ideas and a lot of "what- ifs," but solutions were worked out. Students experimented, which is such a valuable part of being an artist. Days Three, Four, and Five After setting up the guidelines, we gave students short objectives for each class period. Each day, students could start a new page. For the first page, we had students cut out and arrange all houses on page one before gluing. Once they understood the process, we let them proceed in their own way, cutting and gluing as they pleased. To keep their scraps, we used gallon-size freezer bags and stored scraps and dry houses inside. The bags were invaluable for organization and cleanup and easy to store in their class bins with sketchbooks. Closure This was an absorbing and highly engaging project. Students discussed their work with each other and gave friendly advice. Closing activities such as "pair share" were fun to do and rein - forced the excitement. We incorporated writing into this project by having stu - dents answer the writing prompt: What is it like to live in your town? Students' writing was thoughtful and imagina - tive, just as impressive as their books. Students' book pages became a story reinvented every day. The artroom Students experimented, which is such a valuable part of being an artist. tables flowed with colorful clutter and the outcome was beautiful. Jean Paradis and Kala Phelps are art teach- ers at Tucson Country Day School in Tuc- son, Arizona. jparadis@ tcdcharterschool. com; kphelps@ 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 S dayschoolartdepartment Materials • 3 x 22" (8 x 56 cm) strips of black poster board, folded like a fan to produce three sections of about 7 ¼" (18 cm) each • construction paper and cardstock cut r es and rect - - tures (scrapbooking paper is great for details) • white glue and scissors Ivy Bracren, grade three. Students' colorful accordion house books (group shot). SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 23

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