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Re: Interesting inspiration

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Sat, 10 May 1997 21:39:37 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Bunki and all-
I think the original idea for the McDonalds sculptures came from Karen Horan
at the Univ. of WI-Eau Claire. I was interested to hear what you've done with
that idea. I, too teach middle school and have used that idea in a slightly
different way. I've begged containers from a different fast food restaurant
for each of my seven week sessions. The restaurants have been very generous
when I've explained the project -- and the free advertising they'll get. I've
requested 10 of every container, wrapper, etc. they have. Then my seventh
graders have worked in groups of approx. 3 to create a sculpture that is
interesting from all sides. Most of them make monsters or critters. I get out
the glue guns for this as it goes faster. Then, each person has to do a
careful drawing of one side of their sculpture. To reinforce careful
observation, I tell them that they will only have their drawings to use as
reference for the next step---making a clay sculpture of the the original
sculpture. Some kids make mini sculptures, some are as big as the original.
This really challenges them in clay construction, but are the results ever
fantastic! I just got the notion from Sid that not every one of these need be
fired (thanks!). I display all three works together, or those that work out.
They love this project. It also has given us the chance to discuss Pop Art
and the aesthetic appeal of the graphic design used by various fast food
chains. Has anyone else done a project based on fast food?
Marcia Thompson
West Salem Middle School
West Salem, WI