Students create three-dimensional place settings and site their feast
in the school library. Their sculpted dinners reflect the school's
diversity. Young artists include family, community members, and seniors
in their virtual dinner that celebrates their Community Service Learning.
Recalling Judy Chicago's Dinner Party and Alice's Mad Hatter Tea Party,
the event becomes a multi-generational conversation about food, glorious
food - the ultimate cultural conveyer.
For more about Special #2 from
Community Portrait in Pictures and Words, e-mail
Alex Lambros Pappas, author
and AT&T Teacher Disseminator.
Employ the arts and technology to complete and enhance work.
Employ effective research and make effective presentations.
Understand and use the writing process effectively.
Learn to respect and value diverse cultures and recognize the
diversity of human experience.
1. View reproductions of paintings about
2. Use results from an earlier questionnaire
and list students' countries of origin.
3. Interview families and research favorite
meals of listed countries.
4. Plan a menu and list food and drinks.
5. Scan magazines and collect food images.
6. Measure and prepare installation: decorate fabric for 12"x18"
7. Construct and decorate cardboard or
papier maché plates and stemware
(shortcut: use paper/plastic plates
8. Glue "food" collage, magazine photos,
papier maché, clay, fabric and other realia,
on plates; attach plates to place mats.
9. On a 4" x 6" card, name and briefly
describe each meal and its origin. Place
cards above settings. Install settings on
10. Add cultural artifacts: flowers,
Students exhibit the installation at various community sites and document
the universality of breaking bread together in a class journal and
an article for the local newspaper.
Students invite a local artist to discuss art careers. A visit to
a local museum leads to discussion on art careers.
Reproductions of paintings, food catalogues and magazines, recycled
material, cloth, art materials for collage
Students use Microsoft Word to make lists of countries and foods and
prepare the news article. They research food on the Internet.
Three-dimensional place settings are evaluated for cultural authenticity
by teacher and community. Research results, the class journal and
news article are reviewed for accuracy.
Students research ethnic cuisine at http://www.globalgourmet.com