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Flynt, Deborah – Arts & Activities, 2012
Garden gnomes: magical or tacky? Well, art is in the eye of the beholder, and for the author's advanced seventh-grade art class, garden gnomes are magical. Gnomes have a very long history, dating back to medieval times. A fairytale describes them as brownie-like creatures that are nocturnal helpers. In this article, the author describes how her…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Grade 7, Sculpture
Vance, Shelly – Arts & Activities, 2012
In this article, the author describes how her students constructed a three-dimensional sculpture of a dragon using plaster wrap and other materials. The dragons were formed from modest means--using only a toilet-paper tube, newsprint, tape and wire.
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Sculpture, Art Materials
Winters, Laurel A. – Arts & Activities, 2011
In this article, the author describes an art project inspired by the wearable sculpture art created by artist Marjorie Schick. Students used wallpaper paste and newspapers to create papier-mache for a mountain hat, a cherry-pie mask/hat, a "dress" shoe and a Cubistic mask. Cardboard was used in many of these things, in addition to being used as…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Sculpture, Artists
Greenwood, Nate – Arts & Activities, 2011
With all the noise in the world, the flotsam and jetsam sensory input from the media, from friends, from family, from life, it is an arduous task to have students slow things down and focus on the simple, raw elements of their world. Specifically related to art class, the challenge is how to help students digest the work of Minimalist artists. In…
Descriptors: Art Expression, Art Activities, Studio Art, Junior High School Students
Skophammer, Karen – Arts & Activities, 2011
In this article, the author discusses how she combines science lesson with a hands-on art project. She used the wonderfully creative suns shown on the Sunday edition of "The CBS Morning Show" to give the students fodder for thought. She describes how to create an assemblage. An assemblage is like a collage, but it moves past the two-dimensional…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Studio Art, Science Instruction, Astronomy
Greenwood, Nate – Arts & Activities, 2010
In an effort to create a collaborative, grand-scale project that would not only showcase the talent of young artists, but also serve as a reminder that art is a significant part of the human experience, the author asked Cameron VanDyke, a working, professional furniture maker and sculptor, to work with junior-high art classes to collaboratively…
Descriptors: Sculpture, Studio Art, Artists, Junior High School Students
Baker, Rita – Arts & Activities, 2010
Many different cultures created and used the basket not only for utilitarian purposes, but also for ceremonial uses. In this article, the author describes an eighth-grade project inspired by the basket making of the Gullah people, who live along the coast of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Descriptors: Art Activities, Studio Art, Grade 8, Folk Culture
Leenhouts, Robin – Arts & Activities, 2010
This article describes a clay project for students studying Greece and Rome. It provides a wonderful way to learn slab construction techniques by making small clay column capitols. With this lesson, students learn architectural vocabulary and history, understand the importance of classical architectural forms and their influence on today's…
Descriptors: Architecture, Art History, Studio Art, Art Activities
Sutley, Jane – Arts & Activities, 2009
The author of this article describes how her eighth grade art students heighten their awareness of differences between their public self and their inner self by: manipulating water bottles to create sculptural self-portraits; constructing armatures of the generic person in "The Scream" by Edward Munch; finding and collecting examples of images and…
Descriptors: Sculpture, Portraiture, Studio Art, Art Activities
Cunningham, Kathy – Arts & Activities, 2009
The author and her colleagues had picked an "Alice in Wonderland" theme for their Open House night, and decided it might be nice to have a large sculptural figure of Alice and the Queen of Hearts made out of papier-mache. They were a big hit and the students loved making figures that were larger than some of their students. The next year, they…
Descriptors: Sculpture, Art Activities, Middle School Students, Grade 6
Mosley, Clay R. – Arts & Activities, 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…
Descriptors: Artists, Sculpture, Art Activities, Grade 4