Colossal Squid

Watch out! The Colossal Squid is coming to Mini-Maker Faire! Join Carl Schurz students as they work on making a colossal squid out of plastic bags. Students fuse plastic bags together to create body parts for a life size, anatomically correct, and inflatable colossal squid. When completed, it’ll be about 20 feet long, and 4-6 feet wide.  It’ll tour schools, park districts and more. Along the way, students learn about this mysterious animal that changes color and texture that lives near Antarctica.

 

The project, known as Artology – is a collaboration between Carl Schurz School and Columbia College’s Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP).  The program is taught by Dee Hotchner of Discover the Depths, Laura Christman of CCAP and Lauren Bauknecht, a Schurz teacher. The project gives students a scientific background in marine biology and teaches students the importance of the ocean and the threats the oceans currently face. Simply put, humanity cannot survive without the ocean. The project also educates students about art methodology and how to manipulate recyclable materials into art pieces and educational tools.

 

Join fellow students and volunteers to watch them work on constructing body parts at Mini-Maker Faire. Come by and learn more about the amazing colossal squid!

 

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