What are the Fabulous Fakes?

How long have the Fabulous Fakes been in existence?

Are the images assigned to the kids?

Why use a grid to create The Fabulous Fakes?

Do all students have to use a grid?

What types of media are used?

Why write the poetry?

How much time is spent on the project?

How did the faculty become involved?

 

What are the Fabulous Fakes?
The Fabulous Fakes is an integrated modular educational project that encourages inspired artwork by kids. Students interpret established works of art by producing original art and poetry.
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How long have the Fabulous Fakes been in existence?
The Fabulous Fakes project began during the 1995-1996 school year at the Samuel Brown School in Peabody, Mass. The 2001-2002 school year marks the project's seventh anniversary.
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Are the images assigned to the kids?
Currently, the students choose their images from the body of works available for viewing at the Harvard University Art Museums. Once they choose one, they "own" it, and can interpret it any way they like.
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Why use a grid to create Fakes?
A grid makes the Fakes project less daunting by helping students to gauge the overall proportions of the piece they're interpreting. For those who have difficulty drawing, it helps them to organize their approach, one section at a time.
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Do all students have to use a grid?
Since students are asked to interpret their pieces two-dimensionally, they must understand how to make a grid, and then use it for the resizing of their piece. This is one of the ways in which mathematics is integrated into the project. However, students nimble at drawing are allowed to draw in a free-form fashion.
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What types of media are used?
Any medium is appropriate. Students are limited only by school budget and availability of materials in stock.
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Why write the poetry?
Including poetry in the Fabulous Fakes unit allows students to escape the formulaic writing they may do in other classes and express themselves verbally without limits. Poetry also provides an outlet for the "verbal learner" who otherwise may not be able to express herself as well as a "visual learner."
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How much time is spent on the project?
It varies from year to year, but at least six 40-minute classes are required to develop the art, as well as six additional 40-minute classes for the poetry.
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How did the faculty become involved?
Initially, in 2001, a couple of teachers expressed interest in creating a Fabulous Fake of their own. 20 teachers took on the project. In 2002 that number remained steady. Two high school students created Fabulous Fakes as well.


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