For the past four years at least one of our National Scholastic Medalists' works have been a result of this prompt. I think the main reason for this is that when you are forced to go outside of your comfort zone with new media, you are more willing to try creative risks you might have otherwise avoided.
Here are some examples of the creative risks students came up with for this assignment:
Here are some of the results:
t was fun to see students work through a variety of solutions. To help them brainstorm, I directed them to the "Hands-on Projects" section of our online subscription to Scholastic Art Magazine. This helped many students gather ideas and take bits and pieces to make their own project.
It was so much fun to see students develop their own ideas and implement techniques from their "Have to" videos that they shared the week before. It was even more fun to be able to make additional artist connections to students' works and help them develop the creative courage to take bigger risks in their own art.
Meijer Gardens Field Trip
Students were led on a tour of the Japanese Gardens (which is a new addition to the park) by docents and learned a lot of information about how they created this part of the park. They were also in the process of installing a new exhibit with cranes that lowered sculptures into place, which was exciting to see in action.