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Fifth graders create Joseph Cornell Memory Box

December 2, 2012

Students with their memory boxesThe Joseph Cornell Memory Box Project was a collaborative lesson between the Poetry Unit of Study in ELA and Art. The Art component turned out to be a real time of discovery as the fifth grade students in Miss Hector’s classroom and Mrs. Garrett’s Art Room gathered their cherished possessions to build a composition emulating the artwork of local Hyde Park artist Joseph Cornell.

Cornell does not call himself an artist; he is a “collector of things.” You can check out Cornell’s work at The students learned a lot about themselves and each other during this exciting project.

Photo: Students with their memory boxes.