Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Art class in Ulsan: Robots and Art Show

After finishing their robots on Monday, the boys and I put all their artwork on display. We turned the school into a mini-gallery showcasing our collective hard work. Each project is accompanied by a short description, written so that even the lowest levels should be able to understand.

Since Monday, I have been praised numerous times by coworkers, who have said that the artwork has changed the atmosphere in the school. Students now have something more than “Best Diaries” to look at before and after their classes.

Additionally, the four boys have been showing off their work. They are proud and rightfully so.

Here are the finished robots!

Jacob's Robot with jet packs

Vincent's Robot

David's Robot with a small "stick man" on top

Aidan's Robot with cape

Students are curious. Parents who come in to pay their bills or to consider the school see the work, and I have been told many have asked about it. Questions like, “Where did they make the art?” “What was the class?” … even the delivery guy checked out the student’s self portraits.

My boss stopped me today, and as she does when she wants to communicate something quickly, she had another teacher tell me how wonderful the art display is, which my director keeps calling “decoration.” I am excited that the artwork is well received. The “Mr. Burns” in the back of my head is steepling his hands and saying, “Excellent, Kimberly … Excellent.” Hopefully soon I will have another class!

Links to art on display:


Wire sculptures

Artist's Statements



  1. Fantastic! Isn't it interesting how "the arts" can change the atmosphere :)
    You are changing the world one small step at a time!!!

  2. I'm happy for you that everyone is loving it! Art goes a long way to making a school more interesting and inviting, especially when it's made by students that go there. I think many times people are surprised at the amazing things students can create when they're given the chance! I'm proud of you, Kim :) I hope you get to teach another art class soon!

  3. Angie, yes, people do seem to be genuinely surprised that students made these things ... or maybe they are surprised they aren't all cookie cutter projects! It was great helping students see what they are capable of :)

  4. "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it" ~ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho