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Inspired by Janet Echelman and wind, work with 7th Grade visual art students to create their own wind-activated sculptures.

Meaningful beauty in the everyday does not impose itself -- sensitivity to it must be cultivated for it to be perceived. Janet Echelman's work inspired an office-bound attorney to lie down in the grass in her suit and look up at the sky. How can we students of art help inspire the same response in our school community by making sculptures inspired by Ms. Echelman?

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    May 8 2013: I have not worked with 7th graders (yet). I did a project with my daughters' first grade class awhile back, and took them out to the front of the school with chalk boards and chalk and asked them to sketch things they could imagine wanting to see in the space. I think they enjoyed just the idea that a person could shape the world around them in ways that have not been seen before. Seems like doing this with 7th grade students could yield some interesting ideas for how they might want to re-shape the environment they live in. ??
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    Apr 25 2013: I'm inspired by your work engaging kids in a creative collaboration with space and wind, and also by the creative conversation with others that is beginning here!
    If there's anything you or the other members of the community participating would like to ask of me, please let me know. Warmest regards,
    Janet
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    Apr 13 2013: Hi, Robin. It should be easy to get seventh graders to lie on their backs and look at the sky or to work together on a big art project. Not being an art teacher, I don't know how to make large wind-activated sculptures on armatures, but you probably do.

    My students made large, sturdy modular origami structures that could be and were thrown in the air. They could have been suspended with appropriate rigging, but they would not have withstood rain.