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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Julie Trzybinski
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 10:47:46 -0500 (EST)
In my school, we have 50 minute time periods set aside every six days for
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Gallery Groups. These groups consist of about 8
kids that are chosen by the art teacher and the classroom teachers to work
on special projects (the groups change every couple months). The kids are
chosen for thier talent/interest in art and their academics (they need to
be able to miss some class time and still keep up). The kids are not
obligated to be in the group if they don't want to.
My fifth grade group was interested in doing a sculpture to be displayed
somewhere in the community. So far, we have come up with the idea of a
"senses" sculpture - a piece that can be appreciated not only with the
eyes, but also by touching, hearing and possibly smelling. The kids wanted
to help raise awareness of people with disabilities by creating art that is
not only visual. We have been doing a great deal of brainstorming (our
public library has been very helpful with agreeing to display the work and
providing any resources we need), but we are having a hard time focusing on
a form for our work. We have explored the options of building bridge shape
covered with items for the various senses (we decided that taste would
probably be unsanitary) - "bridging the gap...", or a doorway form -
"opening the door to your senses..." Any ideas out there?