Monday, November 20, 2017

Geometric String Art Installation

I am so excited to share the amazing project my 4th Grade Howe Manning Artovators
have been creating.  This post is a long one, but it's worth it!

I first learned of this project a few years ago when I stumbled across an outdoor string art design 
by A Zen Librarian, Todd Burleson. I knew I had to do something similar!

4th grade Artovators started learning about geometric string art earlier in the year and created their own individual string art pieces.  Check out this link to learn more about what they did.

As they wrapped up their individual string art, I started talking to the students about installations. 
We watched a mini documentary to learn about installation artist Megan Mosholder's process.

Then the big reveal...
I told them that we were going to create our own installation on the grounds of Howe Manning!

I wanted them to have as much ownership in the process as possible.
First, each Artovator answered a 3 question survey to vote for their favorite grid and design.

Finally it was time to create our design, a circle grid with a spectrum design in 4 colors. 
The whole process would need to be spread out over 6 classes.

The first 2 classes (Weeks and Brown) were responsible for laying out the circle grid.  
This required us to find the center of the work site and build a circle around it with a 24 ft. circumference.  We created a makeshift compass from that center point and 
used it to measure steaks every 2 feet all the way around.

Following the grid set up, each of the remaining 4 classes added a new color to create a spectrum design from 4 different directions.

Mrs. Church's Class:

Mrs. Deeley's Class:

After the first 2 colors, it got much trickier - We needed major teamwork to get the job done!

Mrs. Jones' Class:

and finally, Mr. Husson's Class:

The entire 4th grade was so excited to show the school their project. 
We even tried to raise excitement and find ways for the rest of the school to get involved!

We couldn't have done it without all of the wonderful parent volunteers and teachers who helped out.  I especially want to thank our Technology Curriculum Coordinator, Dierdre Baker,
 who worked with us everyday to document the entire process.  

Check out the video she put together to see the 4th grade Artovators in action!

1 comment:

  1. This was such an amazing experience for our students! They learned the importance for collaboration and communication. Thanks for always providing these amazing opportunities for our students.