Shelby County Schools

Kinetic Wind Sculpture

funded by the Junior League of Memphis grant

art teachers: Nicole Phillippe and Lauren Spearman

visiting artist: Yvonne Bobo

In the visual art classroom, students learned about environmental issues and renewable sources of energy, including wind energy. They explored ways they can help reduce their carbon footprint at home and in their community, and also learned about artists who use found objects and recycled materials in their work. Students grades kindergarten through 5th created their own works of art inspired by the theme "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."

Students also learned about the environment and musicians who reduce, reuse, and recycle parts of their musical compositions. In February, 4th and 5th grade students attended the Memphis Symphony Orchestra performance "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."

Art club students worked alongside visiting artist, Yvonne Bobo. They spent additional time researching renewable sources of energy and also conducted simple science experiments related to this theme. Each student created their own pinwheel generator using parts from old VCR's that were generously donated to our school. The pinwheel generators use wind energy to power an LED light. Artist Yvonne Bobo also created an original wind sculpture for our school. Art club students were involved in every aspect of installation.The completed sculpture is a reminder to all of us to take pride in our school and our community, and to do our part in making our world a better place for future generations.

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