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Middle School art students were challenged to create cardboard sculptures that represent elements from books and stories they are reading. The sculptures must be interesting from all angles, use only cardboard and glue, and any decoration or design must be made from cardboard in found colors. The results are now part of an art installation near the Middle School pod and include sculptures that represent stories by Shakespeare, historical narratives, and science fiction. They contain works that relate to the students’ experiences and to social issues they are interested in.

In art we talk about the importance of communicating ideas, explains art teacher Nathan Florence, and that artwork can often start conversations among viewers that can further understanding and empathy.

Among the interests portrayed in the installation are animals, technology, objects from nature, games, musical instruments, historical and futuristic artifacts, and of course, food!