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Fantastically creative insects.

As our society realizes the need to look more and more at the concept of recycling, artists and art educators look at how the possibilities of recycling can influence student creativity.

Last year, I asked that the empty aluminum soda cans from the school store be delivered to my art supply closet. I knew I wanted to develop some kind of sculpture with them and by the end of the year I had hundreds of cans. I decided to assign a focused, individual assignment that would have two classes of Art I (9th and 10th grade) using the cans. The students were to use one or more of the empty cans to create a "never before seen by human eyes, fantastically creative insect." They were encouraged to destroy, mangle, cut and mutilate the original can. The color could be changed and other materials added. The assignment had a two week deadline. Most students used school scissors to cut the cans and there were surprisingly few cut fingers.

The work speaks for itself--it is diverse, bold and varied in size. It was displayed in a large glass showcase during the last week as school was winding down. It was really an eye-catching conversation piece.

Kenneth Vieth is the art teacher at Montgomery High School, Skillman, New Jersey.
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Title Annotation:secondary students make insect art from aluminum cans
Author:Vieth, Kenneth
Publication:School Arts
Date:Apr 1, 1991
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