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ONE DAY PROJECTS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS

Photocopy Clones

Matt Milkowski
with students at Kenwood Academy, Chicago

Materials: old sketchbook artworks/doodles, photocopy machine, mixed media & drawing materials, glue sticks, scissors

Process:
• Day before: students submit a small artwork, design or doodle that is visually interesting, but does not hold up as a “complete” artwork.
• Before class, teacher photocopies 10 - 20 copies of each artwork.
• Day of class: Students receive their artwork copies, and do a rough or precision cut around their image, removing extra negative space. (Students can cut through pile of 5-10 copies together at once to save time)
• Students play, arrange, and eventually, glue down photocopies onto white paper creating a new image
• Students unify and refine artwork by drawing and adding color to artwork.

Lesson Expansion:
• Work in large student groups with hundreds of copies to create large scale abstract artworks
• Copy/print multiple size variations of each image for students