Cultural Fair Exhibition
The Cultural Self
Awareness phase of Project REACH (Respecting Ethnic and
Cultural Heritage) lasts approximately two months.
Begin by introducing the concept of culture as something
everybody has, something that helps each of us define our
relationship to the world. The
cultural fair project is a way for each student to communicate in
visual display some significant aspect of his or her cultural
experience. It is
also a way for each student to become aware of the richness of
cultural diversity that exists even within a predominantly white
school and community. The
Cultural Fair process engages the students in the practice of
several basic skills, including writing, research, personal
interviewing, planning and design, and visual communication.
It is a significant community event to which all students,
parents, relatives, and other community members are invited.
It is a celebration of the communityís diversity and the
great wealth of experience that is available to us because of our
Working in groups
of two, students will be able to assimilate a sculpture using each
otherís body parts. The students will be limited to face, neck,
shoulders, arms and legs, there will not be any casting of the
torso in this creation. They will create a sculpture that
represents a positive experience of uniting cultures in a common
cause. This will
promote thought and perception.
Materials: Provided by teacher
Five or six, one
and one half hour sessions broken down as follows:
partner up, followed by teacher demonstration of the casting
process, partner discussion and drawing of the desired outcome for
Students will begin by preparing subject
(applying Crisco) to the intended body part to be cast, apply
plaster gauze and removing the mold.
Taking turns students will cast each body part as needed
for the sculpture.
Same as April 25
begin to attach parts together, applying molding paste for
begin painting and mounting their pieces onto the desired frame.
finish mounting, review their work, critique their piece and share
with the class.
final sculptures will be displayed at the Cultural Fair Event on
the evening of May 21st, 2001.
School and Students:
School is located in the heart of downtown Everett.
Fifty-five percent of our students are on the free and
reduced lunch program, and English is the second language for
fifteen percent of our population. I teach 8th grade
students in the Arts and Science Middle School program (ASMS),
which is a school within a school model at our school.
Students may choose to be in the program as sixth graders,
and may also join in the seventh and eighth grade if space is
majority of the students in my classroom chose to be a part of the
ASMS program in the sixth grade, although a number of students
have moved in and out of the program in the past three years.
They tend to be students who do not do well in a
conventional classroom. My
eighth grade students reading levels range from fourth grade to
college level, yet they share one thing in common, they enjoy
project oriented learning activities, and the Arts.
The ASMS program is a comprehensive, hands-on learning
program utilizing the Fine Arts as the thread which connects all
core subject areas: Reading,
Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Math.
The entire eighth grade student body at
North Middle School, (240 students), are working on Project REACH
and the Cultural Fair. My
60 students are the only group adding the life-casting sculpture
to their final project. The
students have just begun to work on their sculptures, and the
final pieces will not be finished until the first week of May.
What I have observed is that the students are very excited
to work with the materials and create their own sculptures.
I have scheduled one and a half hours, 2 days a week, and
on the other 3 days the students are asking to work on their
creations. I will
admit this is a very messy process, but the students are helping
to clean the room after each session. I will definitely do this
art project again.