The Outdoor Stabile Residency starts with a pre-residency visit where Kevin meets with the adults involved (art teacher, PTA and/or principal) to determine theme, size, and placement of the sculpture. Kevin then meets with some of the students (often the top grade level involved) to discuss the concept of abstract art, examine thematic ideas and walk around the installation space. The students then do their own drawings of what they think the sculpture should look like. If the installation is outside the Washington D.C. area this is done with the help of the local presenter and/or art teacher by phone and e-mail. Incorporating the students’ input, Kevin takes these drawings home and, using them as inspiration, creates a model which is brought to the first day of the residency.
The Residency Day One and Day Two:
Kevin works with half classes for 30 to 45 minutes throughout each day. Students use mathematical and measurement skills to calculate a full scale sculpture from the model. They measure, cut, sand, and assemble the structure. The entire sculpture is then taken apart in preparation for painting. At the end of Day Two, working after school with parent help, Kevin puts a coat of oil-base primer over every surface of the sculpture.
Day Three and Day Four:
The sculpture is now ready for painting. Kevin works with whole classes for 45 minutes each day. The students help to decide colors and, in doing so, determine the importance of color, size, and relationship. They then apply two coats of exterior latex paint to every surface.
The sculpture is now re-assembled. Working with small groups (4 or 5 students) for short periods through out the morning, the sculpture is put together and installed in place. All of the participants are then brought together to add the final piece and celebrate the sculpture’s “unveiling.”