Creative exploration into working with paper; create a collective sculptural collage!

“Roll with it” is a collaborative project that will include all students contributing to the final artwork. The piece will organically develop and evolve in response to student creation and composition.

Laura will explore materials and their transformation. Students will consider color, texture, shape, form, and pattern while they develop material techniques.

We will cut, combine, layer, and roll variable sizes of (tissue) paper strips into paper tubes that we will then cut into bead-like lengths.

In the post broadcast activity, students will arrange and glue the rolled paper tubes of various sizes and colors in an upright position onto a substrate or surface (plywood or framed canvas) that will eventually hang on the wall in the school.

The numerous irregular sized beads in a variety of colors will sprout up in different directions creating an abstract sculptural paper collage. The final artwork will bring to mind aerial landscape views, satellite imagery, and/or biological and geographical patterns and microscopic cellular formations.

The broadcast will include demonstrations by the artist as well as opportunities for students to respond through sharing and practicing in the classroom. See the teacher guides for a follow-up classroom activity specific to your grade. The activity can be completed any time after the broadcast.

  • Art Strand: Visual
  • Broadcast length: 45-50 min.
  • Off camera hands-on teacher guided activity: approximately 45-60 min.
  • Grades: 1-8

Broadcast Dates

  • October 23, 2019: Grade 7-8
    9:45-10:30am live broadcast
    + post-broadcast activity (see Teacher Guide)
  • October 23, 2019: Grade 5-6
    1:10-1:55pm live broadcast
    + post-broadcast activity (see Teacher Guide)
  • October 24, 2019: Grade 3-4
    9:45-10:30am live broadcast
    + post-broadcast activity (see Teacher Guide)
  • October 24, 2019: Grade 1-2
    1:00-1:45pm live broadcast
    + post-broadcast activity (see Teacher Guide)

Thank you to Watrous Elementary School for hosting these broadcasts.

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Teacher Guides and Resources

Please check back on Monday Oct. 21 for your guide.

Artist Biography: Laura Hale

Laura Hale was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan. She studied visual art, technical theatre production, and industrial design at the University of Regina and Emily Carr University in Vancouver. Her artistic practice is multi-disciplinary incorporating a wide variety of materials and techniques in its development and creation, which includes temporary site-specific installation and permanent public art along with object making and gallery works. Laura considers herself a place-based and project-based artist communicating and sharing her ideas through installation art, site-specific art, and intervention art realized through specific projects, community collaborations, residencies and responding to requests for proposals.

Her work is often temporary installation, or ephemeral, or created for a specific project or community collaboration. She does create certain objects or installations for inside the gallery but most often her work happens in the public realm, accessible to all. Laura frequently work with natural materials and/or textiles but the artistic medium really depends on the location and culture of place, the call or project, and who (if anyone) she is collaborating and working with. Exploration of place and location, researching, sourcing, material exploration, and collecting are important parts of her process. Through this process Laura creates installations and/or experiences that animate space and increase mindfulness of our surroundings, renewing how we see familiar things and places. Documentation is also a very important part of her work. She is excited by the unknown transformation that can occur in her work and collaborative process.