After making small sculptures, the students in grades K-1 were ready to learn about large public sculptures. To do so, I introduced them to the amazing feat and beauty of Watts Towers by reading this book.
They couldn't believe that one man spent 33 years building a gigantic series of sculptures in his backyard, all by himself!
Next, students were given a piece of paper that had a cut-out of a person to show a sense of scale. After sharing out some ideas for sculptures they might like to build in their own backyard or have in downtown Chicago, they then went to town designing a public sculpture.
Below are some of the fabulous ideas our students envisioned.
I was thrilled.
If we do this again next year, I think we should mail in some of the drawings to the mayor, and suggest they adopt these proposals.