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Making art from the ordinary

Student Alan Hay, 21, an art education major, works on sculpting a flower from plastic spoons during a workshop Friday at Huntington University. Local artist Sayaka Ganz was doing a one-day workshop for sculpture students.
Student Alan Hay, 21, an art education major, works on sculpting a flower from plastic spoons during a workshop Friday at Huntington University. Local artist Sayaka Ganz was doing a one-day workshop for sculpture students.
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Students learn to create sculptures from common items

Saturday, October 23, 2010 10:21 am
It isn't always easy to see the beauty in everyday items, but sculpture students at Huntington University rose to the challenge Friday as they created art pieces from found objects.Local artist Sayaka Ganz is known for crafting her artwork from found pieces of plastic. On Friday, Ganz gave art students an opportunity to create their own artworks from found objects. Ganz teaches several art classes at IPFW and says she has one assignment where she asks students to create something from 1,000 pieces of common objects.

“They don't have enough time in one day to do that here, but it's the same idea,” Ganz said.

Huntington University art teacher Rebecca Coffman explained the students collected the materials they used for the past month. Everything from cardboard paper-towel tubes, wooden clothespins, Styrofoam chunks, plastic cages from cherry tomatoes, breath-mint packages and plastic utensils were spread across the work table. With hot glue guns in hand, students created art. Some used only rubber bands as connectors, while others used combinations of glue and fishing line.

By early afternoon, most of the sculptures were well on their way to being built. Some were recognizable representations of things like flowers, spaceships and robots, while others were more abstract. One of the tallest sculptures was being crafted by art education student Becky Evans, 20. She was using clear plastic utensils to build a vertically twisting piece.

“There is a lot of glue and fishing line holding it up,” Evans said.

Across the table, student Alan Lay, 21, was building a flower from white plastic spoons.

“I'm just making it up as I go; I've never really done anything like this before. It's all trial and error,” Lay said.

Ganz is originally from Yokohama, Japan, and she has been working in Indiana for 15 years. She teaches design and drawing at IPFW. Her work is on display at the Wilson Gallery on the Huntington University campus and will be there through Nov. 12.

She recently had her newest work, “Ambush,” permanently installed at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

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