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Hamilton Elementary School

September 18 2007

Students Work with Artist on Mobile
To Hang in Proctor's New Theatre

During the week of September 17, two sixth grade classes at Hamilton Elementary School  worked with visual artist Kevin Reese of School Sculptures to create a giant mobile that will hang in the new atrium at Proctors GE Theatre.  The mobile will be installed on Friday, September 21 and will hang in the entrance to coincide with the Iwerks Extreme Screen film BUGS 3D. 

Reese said the mobile will be about 24 feet wide and 17 feet deep.  He said they won't know the dimensions for sure until it's complete and ready to hang.  

Throughout the week the students worked with the artist and each have a had a hand in the construction of the artwork. 

Reese said parts of the mobile are inspired by student drawings.  "These antenna-like things up here, going in this direction will be very different," he said.  "The idea comes from this student drawing," he added as he pointed to a student sketch.

Kevin Reese is a teaching artist who has been working with young people and teachers throughout the United States and abroad since the early 1980's.  He has developed workshops to accompany both of his solo performances that address social studies, language arts and visual arts.  His specialty is leading workshops about the designing and building of mobiles.

The artist residency is the result of a partnership between Schenectady School District and Proctor's Theatre.

 

 

 

More information about Kevin Reese and School Sculptures is available on the website: http://www.schoolsculptures.com/intro.html

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Times Union 09/26/07
Hamilton Elementary School
Education in Theater Artistry Artist Helps 6th Graders Create Mobile to Hang in Proctors