The Making of an Art Installation

Spring has sprung here in the Garden State, and ’tis the season for art shows and art installations!  I wanted to share some preview activities for the middle school installation, called “Tapped”.  This year’s middle school, Art is Elemental theme is water.  We are well under way in planning for, and executing the necessary components for our installation.

Above are pictures of my sixth grade students creating the faucet features out of two-liter soda bottles, tape and plaster craft.  My seventh and eighth grade students are busy poking holes in rescued water bottle caps and stringing them together into long chains of “running water”. 

Did you know that Americans spent more money last year on bottled water than on ipods or movie tickets? (in excess of $15 Billion)  To put it in other terms, we pay more for bottled water per ounce than gasoline, and our oceans and earth are paying the ultimate price.  This year’s installation is tapping our greatest resource…….awareness.

Our installation will be up for our middle school art show and district-wide Arts Extravaganza on June 6th!  While our “Tapped” installation is temporary, I hope the message from a bottle will be lasting.  Check back for more info!

Click here to watch last year’s Art is Elemental Middle School installation: when TRAsh becomes ART!

Click here to watch this year’s video!!

About Karen

Karen Kiick began her teaching career in 1990 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Since 1996, she has taught at Haddon Township High School in Westmont, New Jersey. She is her District's K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Facilitator and currently teaches 9th through 12th grades. Karen is a five-time recipient (2005, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017) of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education. She is also the 2017 National Secondary Art Teacher of the Year and the 2015 NJ Art Educator of the Year.
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