It’s a bird, It’s a plane, It’s… our sculpture coming to life!

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 Learn about our process below!

We began the installation process by creating maquettes of what we wanted our painted plastic bottles to look like.  What’s a maquette?


Definition of MAQUETTE

:  a usually small preliminary model (as of a sculpture or a building)
Each student created a minimum of 2 maquettes from rolled scrap paper. The idea was to create a cylindrical form that would mimic the form of the bottle. The maquette allowed us to experiment with our design. Getting practice cutting, bending, folding, twirling, looping, and curling paper was useful when it came time to dive into the real thing. One of the studio’s golden rules is that Great artists always PLAN before they CREATE. Can you imagine if  Michelangelo just “dove in” to chiseling The David?
Say whaaaaaaaaat?
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The telescope technique proved very helpful when perfecting the perfect paper cylinder
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5th graders flexing their advanced paper cutting muscles (show offs!)
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An entire table full of 1st grade Maury Maquette Makers!
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3rd graders in the zone!
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These kindergartners put that recycled paper to good use!
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This is harder than it looks! These two have it all figured out!
After the perfect design was decided upon, it was time to put 700 bottles to good use!
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REWIND! I’m getting way ahead of myself. Here’s how we went from this:
To this:
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We learned about the 3 primary colors–the keys to the world of color
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We spent some up close and personal time with old red, yellow, and blue
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The color wheel introduced us to secondary and tertiary colors, not to mention analogous and complimentary colors
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Excellent palette technique!
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We became experts at using our artist’s rag to clean our brushes before switching colors. This prevented us from contaminating our precious primary colors
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How could I forget the days of the robot hands?
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Robot hands helped us keep that acrylic paint from completely covering our hands
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Weeks of my sink looking like this…
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Was all worth it when the result was like this!
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And this!
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And these!
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I love this one!
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So much painting allowed us to cut and sculpt to our hearts content!!
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So much motion!
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Safe sculpting!
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The fierce faces of recycled art makers
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Sharing and comparing
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Two Maury 4th graders work to zip tie the bottles onto the 6 ft mesh armature
The finished product should be done soon! Look for pictures of the completed masterpiece in a week or two!

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