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ONE DAY PROJECTS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS

Wrap Attack! Room Transformations


Matt Milkowski
with students at Kenwood Academy, Chicago

Challenge: Students wrap objects and surfaces in a room with a textured material such as aluminum foil.

Materials: cheap wrapping material (foil, plastic wrap, wrapping paper, fabric, etc...), tape, scissors

Process:
• Teacher introduces environmental artists such as Christo/Jeanne Claude
• Choose a section of the room, or the entire room as the environment to transform
• Students break into teams to wrap individual objects, wall, desk/table tops, tape cutters, foil distributors, etc...
• Students wrap for majority of period, or the project may continue across several periods in one day to wrap larger area
• Teacher or students photograph altered environment as final product or set for photo (Consider using one light source, or wrapping a student as the model in the shot.)

Lesson Expansion:
• Students work in groups to wrap smaller scale desktop areas
• Sketch and plan various public spaces in the school that can be transformed, and wrap as a school-wide art happening
• Each students wraps one object with a unique physical texture (crumbled paper, old tests, coins, etc...) and photographs before and after shots. Final product is a diptych photograph.