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<<I have my Senior Studio kids do a Cornell-style self portrait. We look at a
lot of his work, go to the Art Institute in Chicago (sometimes) and them
create inside boxes we build from yardsticks That I get donated from a local
lumber yard. We use foam core as the back and build the sides from the
yardsticks with glue. Sometimes we put a paper mache layer onto the outside,
other times not. Most years, at the beginning of the year, I also put out a
request for drawers from old furniture. I ask faculty, radio stations,
students,etc. Then we build in the drawers. They turn out beautifully! I
require that they include at least one found object, a found piece of paper
(or photocopy of), a photo or engraving and at least one word. They are cool!
Also, last summer I read the best book- it is a biography of Cornell. A big,
fat book. It was awesome! I don't remember the author or anything but it's
worth looking for. I didn't want it to end.>>