Sculpture Center

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This center is SO crazy! So many supplies, so much mess and so much engagement with so many kids! Students get a whirlwind introduction to sculpture with my intro unit. I developed the unit this year because of the success of my other intro units.

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I think 60% of the materials in this center are donations! The biggest investments are the tape and glue. This year I added a tool peg board. This still needs some adjusting too. I used to be really uptight about the neatness of this area too… But I have let it go! They can still create and when it gets too bad, I have a mini shut down and make kids clean it up.

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Last year I added the tool peg board. I am not a huge fan of it, because the hooks fall out too often. I think this year I am going to glue on the hooks to keep them from falling out. I also added a small table near by that has electrical outlets for glue gun access.

I have one of those old wooden paper sorting shelves. The plastic “shoe” sized boxes fit perfectly into these units. I label the boxes clearly for all the smaller sized sculpture items on both ends and restock as needed. The other shelve is a big book shelf that fits milk carton sized bins of larger materials. Still trying to find the best way to organize and label this area.

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This center is on its own table and only fits about 5 kids. If there are too many kids, I will either make a waiting list or expand to the nearby table as needed. There are no plug-ins nearby, so the hot glue gun is in the nearby paint center. I have never liked it there and want to figure out a better system, but haven’t figured that out yet.