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Sculpture Project Teaches that ‘Every Twig Makes a Difference’

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Sculpture Project Teaches that ‘Every Twig Makes a Difference’
Posted on 05/19/2015
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With help from a visiting artist, students at the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) and Lyseth Elementary School are creating larger-than-life animal sculptures out of birch twigs. The sculptures will be completed on Thursday, May 21, at Lyseth, located at 175 Auburn Street.

“Students are learning about creating art from nature and using found objects to create art,” said Jill Irving, PATHS woodworking instructor. “They also are learning about collaboration and teamwork, how every small twig makes a difference, and every little thing you do matters.”

Visiting sculptor Nantz Comyns met with the PATHS students to teach and mentor the construction process of a moose and a heron. The heron is at the entry to PATHS and the moose will go in a garden at Lyseth.

On Thursday, May 21, Comyns and some of the PATHS students will visit Lyseth and collaborate with the students there to make porcupine sculptures for the garden. That day is Lyseth Greening Day, a day to beautify the environment and learn about sustainable practices.

The PATHS students will be at Lyseth from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Greening Day at Lyseth runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Irving said the project has taught PATHS students “about collaborative work, embracing new ideas and helping out the community.”

The sculptures are a joint venture between Portland Trails' School Ground Greening Coalition, Lyseth's greening and grounds committee, teachers and students at PATHS and Lyseth and volunteers from the United Way. The twig sculpture project was made possible by a grant from the Portland Education Foundation.