We have posted on Blue Dog several times in the past. Click here for previous Blue Dog posts.
Oh boy. This was one of those projects that did not evolve so easily. I wanted to do a Blue Dog project with 6th grade, but I wanted a break from painting on paper. I thought about it, but the creative block had my ideas contained. As I usually do, I went to my art teacher friend, Laura Harrison, and discussed my dilemma. We tossed ideas back and forth and this is how Blue Dog Angel came to be! Thank, Laura!
Great project for middle school. The kids really enjoyed the challenge.
I showed the George Rodrigue video found HERE!
I gave the kids a handout with the pictures you see below with a step by step process for painting Blue Dog.
On the handout, I stated the following:
-Each dog must be at least 16 inches tall.
-Each face must be 8 inches wide.
-Each dog must have at least 2 accessories.
-Each dog must stand independently.
The kids got to work.
They glued accessories with a hot glue gun.
They glued supports on the back of the dog.
Here is a detailed look at the process.
Kristen’s cracked me up. Bahahahahahahaha.
I have really been loving listening to The Lumineers. Great easy songs with some good, meaningful lyrics. Like they say, “Let the Sun Shine in Your Hair” and don’t have a BLUE DAY!
At The Westfield School, students are getting caught in the sticky web of Spider-Man!
Mrs. Laura Harrison’s 3-D Art class, made of only THREE people, created the amazing Spider-Man installation. The total process took close to a month to complete.
To introduce the tape sculpture project, Mrs. Harrison discussed the process and showed the basic method of making a tape sculpture. Due to the small group of participants, Mrs. Harrison suggested creating a scene for the installation. After brainstorming, the group chose to create Spider-Man in a web catching scene. Spider-Man is very popular at our school. The Westfield School students ages range from 4 years old to 12th grade. Nathan, Jolie, and Landon felt that Spider-Man would be quite challenging, but relatable to the younger kids.
Before jumping in and beginning the actual project, the students watched parts of the Spider-Man movie. They decided on the scene that their sculpture would duplicate.
The Project Details
1-The students wrapped each limb separately. The process of wrapping is to put one layer of tape sticky OUT against their body. Then, you twist the tape and roll sticky side IN for 2 layers.
2-Carefully cut the packing tape off the body.
3-Retape cut areas and make whole again.
4-Then, they re-assemble into poses. Anatomy and balance were essential to getting the sculpture figures into position.
5-The installation process required much thought. The students had to consider the position to place the scene. They contemplated where the viewer would react to Spider-Man in the given space. Also, the different angles of the scene had to be examined. Traffic in the lobby was another factor that had to be studied.
6-Once Spider-Man, the girl, and the man were in place, they used Saran Wrap to represent the webbing of Spider-man.
Have a look at the pictures below!
When discussing the placement of the installation, Mrs. Harrison told the students that placement in the lobby may result in damaged sculptures. The students all agreed that the art should be placed in the lobby. They were not concerned with the art being ruined by mischief or mishap. They trusted that their friends would respect their art.
Honestly, respect is key in the process in the development of this art installation. Mrs. Harrison respected the students in the choice of Spider-Man. The art students respected each other when developing the plan for the installation. When choosing placement of the Spider-Man installation, the art students respected their peers by placing the art in a high traffic area. The non-art students respected the art students by admiring their work and being considerate of it invading their space.
Respect…Hard to Obtain, Easy to Lose.
Here’s Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, singing “Respect” in the movie, The Blues Brothers.
If you miss the Spider-Man’s appearance in Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade, you can always check him out at The Westfield School Lobby.