4th Grade Collaborative Sculpture
For this project, I wanted to connect the curriculum in the art room to topics students discussed in their core classrooms. Students were currently learning about the environmental impact of trash and plastic on the Chesapeake Bay, so using recycled and every day materials in the art room seemed like a natural progression.
I allowed my students to have agency over this project, having students work collaboratively to decide on the color scheme and how they should cut and build the sculpture. Students served as “student teachers”- teaching each other the processes.
I showed students examples of other artists that use everyday materials, to give students context within the art world as well.
Students voted on where they should display their sculpture, and wrote proposal letters to the principal asking permission. Throughout the process, I worked with students to build vocabulary, using inquiry based learning. I try and give students just enough information to allow for authentic investigation and problem solving.