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In my presentation today I wish to consider how Idid my research for the sculpture schemeand how I will apply it in the classroom First I will show how Ideveloped my ideas inthe sculpture project Second I will show theresearch ofcontemporary artistAnselm Kiefer and theMaasai tribe and whataspects I think will bevaluable to present tostudents Third I will showthe research ofzines and threedimensionalscreens which willshow students howto work on theirown ideas ofMaasai life andtheir homes.
My starting point was looking at thematerials used by the artist Anselm Kiefer. I was interested inhow he madebooks from leadand cardboard tomake sculpturesthat weresuggestive of ruin
I started experimenting with making littlepaper books and then larger paper books
I painted one of the books and had the idea of using it as apiece for a story and I painted a cardboard box which Ifolded out into two screens, painting the inside white andoutside black.
I used one of Kiefer’s forest images and drew fromthis onto the cardboard using pencils, colouringpencils, pastels and white spirits.
I added some objects I had collected to theforeground along with one of the paper books andphotographed them.
My experimentation in the sculpture project gave me two types ofideas that the students could use to make three dimensionalsculpture about the Maasai tribe and vernacular architecture. Two is that theyuse their zine asinspiration to makea threedimensional freestanding cardboardscreen using theirown designs andother materials One is that theycreate their ownzine with theirpartner focusing onquestions aboutthe Maasai tribe
With this in mind, I will present students with sets of questions on theMaasai tribe and Anselm Kiefer. They can then investigate these accordingto the artworks we look at and the way of life of the Maasai tribe. They cananswer them in their own expressive ways through making their zines andcardboard screens. Here are sample questions I will use. Look closely at Kiefer’s artworks. List the range of materialshe uses in his art-making. Do the materials surprise you?Why? Are his artworks paintings orsculptures? Describe their surface qualities andthe range of colours he uses. What do they remind you of? Imagine you could step intoone of his artworks. What soundswould you hear? What would itsmell like?
With the Maasai tribe, I will ask the students to look up firstand second hand account information. Here is an example ofsome questions from a Maasai and American exchangeproject aimed at recording Maasai oral history. Q Do the Maasai wear shoes? They seemto do a lot of walking.A The Maasai people wear shoes, too. Inthe past the open shoes were made fromthe cowhides and they lasted longer.All types or shoes are worn these daysbut some do not like them though.Children go to school and shoes are partof their uniform. Q. Do they draw pictures to tell stories?A. The Maasai do not draw pictures to tellstories. Q. Since Maa is an unwritten language; Iwonder how the Maasai communicate witheach other if they do so in ways otherthan oral storytelling? Or has it beenforbidden, or taboo, to even consider sucha thing?A. Maasai didn’t have their languagewritten. Most Maasai people did not go toschool and it was easy to communicateeven without written Maa.Their main way of communication wasthrough oral conversation. They passedon information from village to villagethrough Ilomon. If two elders met on theway, they would both converse and tellinformation about their family, health andanything new that is happening. If theyhad some important information that hasto be passed to everybody they would calla meeting entumo. This is howinformation is conveyed.
Students can now format their questions, answers andthoughts about the Maasai into a zine of their owninvention. Here is an example of a zine making workshopwith Aaron Rose http://youtu.be/YFud1dKIhek Zines are self published materialswith short print runs. Zines can beabout anything from your favouriteband to what you did on yoursummer vacation.
Cardboard screen by Luci LytleFrom their zine, students can use this as inspiration tomake a screen that uses cardboard and other materials.