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Big Art

Big Art: Classroom Collaborative Design and Engineering Program


When viewing a large sculpture, you may wonder, “How did the artist build that?” Artists use teams of designers and builders to help them create large works of art, and now your classroom can too!


Our STE(A)M Educators will help your classroom create a one-of-a-kind large- scale art piece, perfect for installation in the school’s office, lunchroom, gym, or on your principal’s front lawn! Students will examine and experiment with the physics behind kinetic sculptures, then build their own budget to purchase materials (using “Art Buck$”) and create their individual sculpture. The design challenge comes when they must build their piece collaboratively to connect to other students’ pieces, and those pieces must connect to others. At the end of the program, the classroom connects all of their work to create a large-scale piece of art as unique and special as the group of kids themselves.


Addresses Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):

  • Engineering Design


Addresses Illinois Learning Standards for Fine Arts:

  • Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
  • Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
  • Revise, refine, and complete artistic work.
  • Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
  • Grades 3 – 8
Lab Time
  • Session 1:
  • 2 Hours
  • Session 2:
  • 2 Hours
Pricing per Learning Lab
  • $18 Per Student


Madalyn McLean
Education Booking Coordinator
630.637.8000 x6150

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