The middle school students are currently pretending to be famous artists hired by the City of Denver to create a large public sculpture. They are first to create a prototype of this sculpture out of paper mache. This project was introduced by discussing and viewing Denver's public art. One key component of public art is that it is meant to start a conversation with the public or bring awareness to an issue. The students were required to come up with three different ideas for a public sculpture that would hypothetically be placed somewhere in Denver. They were required to come up with a concept and purpose for the artwork and then choose one. They then were to decide where this artwork should be placed in the city. For example, if it is a work of art promoting community, then maybe they would choose City park or a community center. After they settled on an idea, I taught them many different ways to create an armature for papermache. They are currently finishing up their armatures and some are just starting to paper mache. In the coming weeks, I will post pictures of their finished sculptures. In the mean time, you may see them working below.