Beginning

The fifth grade approach to the big idea was through community: what an community struggle and how they lead to progress. Students drew inspiration from artist Yin Xiuzhen. Students practiced creating soft sculptures in a style similar to the artist.

 

Student #1

Students focusing on muslin fabric buildings, stitching four walls, the floor and roof. After everything is sewn, students will stuff their buildings with fiberfill.

Student #2

Detail shot of a student sewing muslin. Students were taught to use rulers to measure thread every time they sew each section of their buildings.

Student #3

A successful building that needs to be stuffed with fiberfill. After the beginning phase, students will work towards creating large-scale buildings demonstrating struggles and possible solutions in the community.

Middle

Community struggles were studied through the story of labor leader, Cesar Chavez and the migrant farm workers. Connections were made through drawings and reflective writings. Several artists’ work were studied to examine how the concept of struggle could be communicated through line, shape, color, text, etc. Students practiced what they learned through collaging.

Student #1

Struggle web created collaboratively between students, Ms. Moore and Ms. Vicky.

Student #2

Student drawing of what struggle looks like.

Student #3

Another drawing created by student to express personal and community struggle.

End

Students worked in pairs, combining collage and soft sculpture to create soft sculpture buildings to be assembled into an entire community installation, illustrating the struggles and solutions that create progress in a community.

Student #1

Students collaging with paper and markers on fabric. The first phase of final project included creating four walls per pair of students. Each student focused on a struggle and solution wall to be sewn together.

Student #2

Detail of mixed media collage on fabric purchased from thrift store.

Student #3

Final buildings created by students and formed into an installation at Fort Dearborn gallery.

Year One
2011-2012
Year Two
2012-2013
Year Three
2013-2014

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