Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • When you first look at this work of art, what do you notice? What does it remind you of?

  • How do you think this sculpture was made?

  • Junk mail is mail that gets sent to your house even if you didn’t ask for it and don’t know the person who sent it. The artist Annette Lawrence saved all the paper that came in her mail for thirteen months and then tore the paper into strips, and stacked them according to month. The Dallas Museum of Art has one month represented (December).

  • Why do you think Annette Lawrence called the work Free Paper?

  • Annette Lawrence’s work tells about her life, it involves counting and the measurement of everyday life. How does Free Paper tell us about Annette Lawrence’s life? How does it involve counting and measuring everyday life?

  • What can you think of that you may use everyday that measures everyday life or could tell others about your life?

  • The materials used in this artwork is made from things we could find in our homes – it is made from ordinary materials. What does ordinary mean? How is ordinary different from extraordinary?

Making Connections

For Students K-12

  • Think about things that others might consider trash that you could collect for a month and then turn into art. (examples: lids from different containers, straws from lunch, gum wrappers, etc.) Share your work with the group at the end of the month.