What on earth are we going to do with this???
I wanted to give my 4th graders a very open ended assignment that would be both sculptural and collaborative.
This is what I came up with...
I showed my students this work as well as others where the the artist depicted each of the four seasons in one work of art.
Students then formed teams. As a team they brainstormed a list of things that "see" all seasons. I gave them examples such as a tree, fence, and house. I was pleasantly surprised with what they came up with. Some of their ideas included...
New York City
The teams then chose one idea to develop into a sculpture and drew up a plan. They stretched their imaginations so far beyond my expectations, I was left in total awe.
After introducing the project to my first class, the very next day, I had children showing up with television boxes. They were thinking BIG!!! I had students coming in with Barbies and fabric to dress in seasonal fashions. They brought in Christmas lights and bubble wrap. I even had a group ask if they could put live fish in their sculpture.
Works in progress
We aren't finished yet, but I couldn't wait to share. This project has peaked student excitement about art in a truly unbelievable way.
S - Exploration of the seasons
T - Internet research
E - Sculptural construction
A - Aesthetics, Design, Study of famous works of art
M - Measuring, problem solving