ERIC Number: EJ849292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Reference Count: N/A
Fun with Falling Man
Mosley, Clay R.
Arts & Activities, v145 n4 p33-34 May 2009
A shiny human figure turned into a car or a jet--what kid (or kid at heart) wouldn't enjoy these images? The author found that showing his students these shiny human sculptures by artist Ernest Trova (1927-2009) was a great place to start an exciting sculpture project with his fourth-grade students. In the 1960s, Ernest Trova created a painting of a simplified image of a man falling. Trova then turned this image of a man into a series of chrome-plated sculptures he called "Study: Falling Man." Trova saw his Falling Man sculptures as an evolving series. The author believed the students would have a lot of fun by picking up the idea of Falling Man and bringing him into the 21st century. First, his students created drawings of their Falling Man's (or Woman's) predicament. The author sent home a letter explaining to parents that students needed to bring in objects that could be painted and then added to their finished sculptures. The next thing the students did was create Falling Man (or Woman) shapes out of clay. When they were finished, the fourth-graders had a lot of fun seeing how different each sculpture was, even though they were all painted using silver and gold.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri