While fall is definitely beautiful and inspiring, it can also be quite chilly. Since, I prefer warmer weather over cooler weather, I'm reminiscing about one of the trips we took this summer to Savannah, GA. Savannah is a beautiful city full of rich history and culture. Our hotel was centrally located which allowed us to do a walking tour and see an enormous amount of sculptures, architecture and memorials. There is a sculpture entitled "The Waving Girl" by Felix de Weldon which sits near the river. It memorializes Florence Martus who greeted the incoming and outgoing ships of the Savannah Harbor for 44 years by waving a handkerchief. You can learn more about the sculpture by clicking here. The questions under the picture would be a great source of inspiration to start a discussion in the classroom or use as a writing prompt.
1. Why do you think she greeted the ships daily?
2. How long do you think is took the artist to complete the sculpture of Florence?
3. Would you like a public sculpture to be dedicated to you? Why or Why not?
This week we are sharing pictures of sculptures created by high school students in grades 9-12. After studying the sculptures of the great artist, Elizabeth Catlett, the students did simple sketches of images that represent the idea of power. Following a brief discussion with me, they began carving their ideas out of balsa wood.
Finally, they sanded and stained their pieces with a high gloss stain.
Recently, I was thinking about some of my favorite art lessons that I have used in the classroom and found these pictures from a basic sculpture class that I taught. The class consisted of students in grades 9-12. The assignment was based on an art history lesson that focused on the art of Claes Oldenburg/Coosje Van Bruggen. After viewing examples of, discussing and writing about their work, the students began to create their own versions of "Pop Art" shoes using railroad board, markers, paint, pencils, glue and any other decorative details, they wanted to include. The students were excited about the finished products.
Alicia L. McDaniel
Alicia L. McDaniel is the author and creator of Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul. She is also an educator, professional artist, and lover of the arts.
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