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Lesson Plans

Re: gum sculpture

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Ginny Rockwood (
07 May 1999 15:00:58 GMT

After becoming totally frustrated by finding gum and wrappers where they don't
belong in my room, I outlawed gum. Yet they still chewed. So, one day when
almost everyone came to class chewing gum, I told the class we were
suspending its lesson for one day. And for this day their job was to take
their gum out of their mouths and create art with it. They could use whatever
art materials they wanted in the room. (Almost) anything goes. It would be
judged according to how creatively and uniquely the gum was incorporated
into the piece.

I got sculpture, collage, hot air ballons, jewelry, etc. Pretty cool. One of
those lessons which reaffirmed my "weirdness," and forced everyone to dip
into their imagination without fear of making a "mistake." They enjoyed it,
and it was one of the most talked about lessons of the year.

Ginny Rockwood
Brattleboro Area Middle School
Brattleboro, VT