Wire coathanger/pantyhose sculptures are a lot of fun. Have them
create interesting shapes by unwinding wire coathangers and then
twisting them around to make interesting 3-D abstract shapes, then put
the two ends into holes drilled into a block of wood. Stretch
pantyhose over the whole thing, spraypaint (faux stone looks really
cool, but is cost-prohibitive) and voila! This would be an
interesting way to begin studying calder. Also, this would make a
neat way to do mobiles -- make a huge one suspending the shapes,
themselves (omitting the wood block, maybe, and just taping the wires
Richard Serra is also an interesting sculptor to study. Take photos
of public spots near you that are crying out for public art and
"commission" the students to design pieces to go there. (Good way to
reinforce that art goes beyond the classroom door.)
On Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 11:28 AM, <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hey guys, so I am in a bit of a rut....I have been working with 8th
> graders (this is there second year with me) I went from 1 point
> perspective room drawings, into exploring paper, and then I was going
> to have them actually start building their rooms WITH paper...sound
> "interesting"? haha....anyway, we received some sandy skoglund, I was
> thinking I could go over an architect now that we are building and
> designing, but I am contemplating not having my 8th graders build
> these rooms...I feel it might be repetitive OR it might be awesome to
> have them start from this blueprint and actually physically build
> their rooms...?
> I have never taught any sculpture before, and am not sure where to go
> from paper explorations?? I might have jumped the gun.
> Any suggestions?!?!
> Also, anyone here of any openings in Philadelphia??
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