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Animal Clouds Sculptures Part III: Adding the Fluff

2/8/24

Artists in Schools

Animal Clouds Sculptures Part III: Adding the Fluff

Dispatches from CMA Resident Artist Noormah Jamal's fifth grade class at Children's Workshop School.

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Now for the fun (and fluffy) part – adding pillow stuffing to our animal cloud sculptures! 



First, students glued cotton fluff onto their aluminum and plaster forms.



The next day, they trimmed and cut the fluff into shapes and hung their sculptures by the window – like clouds!



Gluing the fluff to our forms proved to be more challenging than expected. It was important to remember to pull the fluff apart first before adhering with glue. However, students loved getting inspiration from unconventional sources, like videos of dogs at the groomers! 



A few students finished early and created small characters out of foam sheets. After stapling the sides, they stuffed their characters with fluff to create their very own mixed materials toys. 



It was incredible to see the students work together to come up with a brand new art project and execute it on their own.



Noormah’s work at Children’s Workshop School is supported by the Emergency Arts Education Fund, which provides free arts education to NYC school communities whose art programs have been decimated by recent budget cuts.


Children’s Museum of the Arts’ three Residents Artists are currently implementing ambitious arts curriculum at each of our partner sites throughout New York City: Hudson Guild in Chelsea, Sid Miller Academy in Crown Heights, and Children’s Workshop School in the East Village. Come spring, our residents will showcase their students' work through exhibitions and installations across the city. Learn how you can support the work of our residents here.

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