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Re: Geometry and Art

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menichino (menichino)
Wed, 20 Jan 1999 18:48:23 -0500

Hi --
I have to admit I've fallen a bit behind in following artsednet for the
past few days, so I may be repeating what someone else has written, but re:
geometry and art -- my fifth graders just completed a successful project
using both. One of our local industries donated a LOT of fiberboard
ceiling tiles (2' x 2'). At the beginning of the school year when I had a
student teacher, I took half of the class outdoors with saw horses,
bandanas, and hand held jig saws (the kind with the skinny blades). They
were to cut at least 3 pieces from the ceiling tile, including at least one
right angle, and one acute angle. Then indoors they glued these together
to create sculptures, painted them and added any other stuff they wanted.
The board cut like butter, glued with Elmer's wonderfully (although the
kids did need to think about physics too (gravity!) and tape the pieces in
place while they dried.) I was concerned about the dust in the room but it
really wasn't a problem. The good part is I have about a zillion more
ceiling tiles for future years (they are stored everywhere in my room!)
Liz in rural NY