After 5th grade spent time, reading the book Love by Matt de la Pena & Loren Long, I silently turned back through each image in the book. We had spent time talking about some of the images as well as listening to Matt’s powerful words, but Ms. Foretich (art teacher) and I wanted them to have one more slow look at the images. Their goal in looking at the images for a 2nd time was to pick out an image that spoke to them in some way.
At tables, each 5th grader took a brainstorming sheet to reflect on some questions through writing or through sketching. The purpose of this sheet was to help them think more about an image from the book and to imagine a new symbol of love. We wanted students to think beyond just a universal symbol of love like a heart, but we didn’t exclude hearts if that was what students were most connected with.
At the end of the brainstorm, students had to think of what materials they might need in order to make a 3D sculpture of their symbol. Ms. Foretich went through these and helped group students with the materials that they might need.
During the 2nd class, some students worked in the art classroom and others came to the library. Students in the library worked on 3D design in tinkercad to prepare for 3d printing or they used materials from our makerspace such as duct tape and other crafting supplies.
In the art room, students used clay, paint, and other materials from Ms. Foretich’s supplies.
I took student Tinkercad files and put them into Makerware software for 3d printing. Over the course of a week, all files were printed.
All of the sculptures will be displayed in the collaborative space just outside the library.
We hope they will inspire people to think about the many forms that love takes and the many symbols of love that exist in the world.