Teaching students to find creative solutions for transforming objects into art is part of our annual Altered Book Project.
The pages of a book hold endless possibilities to create, whether a sculpture, poetry, a canvas for new work, or niches for treasures. To start the project I introduced the concept of an altered book as a way to create 2D or 3D art work inspired by a book. On Pinterest I collected examples to show students and talked through a variety of approaches students could take with their altered book. (pinterest board link below!)
After a class discussion the students were able to sort through a large selection of books that have been donated from staff, and library discarded books. The books sometimes inspire the sculpture or students come with an idea of a new visual story they would like to create. Students sketch their ideas in their sketchbook to prepare their ideas and plan the steps.
Students were given one week to complete the altered books with a variety of materials like cardboard, tissue paper, scrap paper, etc to add into their sculpture. The unique approaches were thrilling to watch as they developed.
Many of the altered books will be on display in our regional library and school library through out April and May! We hope you will stop by and check out their work either in the library or online in our Artsonia Gallery!