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Posted February 24, 2014

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Students Use Electrical Tape as Art Medium

La Cueva HS advanced art students collaborate on a large-scale public art display on the walls of the school made out of electrical tape.

Over the past month, the advanced art students at La Cueva High School have created a large-scale public art display on the walls of the school -- using only electrical tape.

Using the electrical tape to create black lines, the La Cueva students portrayed an assortment of figures on the walls, ranging from giraffes to underwater creatures to spiders made from eyeballs.

"As a painting and drawing teacher, I am always looking for fun and fresh ways to get students to think about art," said art teacher Carrie McCoy. "In the past, I have had students create paintings out of junk mail, use paper bags as canvases, and create cassette tape relief sculptures."

McCoy says that the idea for this project was inspired by the Australian street artist Buff Diss’ masking tape murals.

Students at La Cueva have been very engaged in both creating their work and talking to others about it. Staff and students are having a great time discussing the work. McCoy noted, "One of the added benefits of working on the walls of the school is that it has got the rest of the school to talk about art!"

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