I have a dilemma: I would like to do a sculpture project with my 8th grade for their final project of the year. I feel like, in general, this grade has gotten the short end of the stick (assemblies always being scheduled during their art class, a string of first year teachers, including myself, with no set curriculum, plus despite having only 15 or 16 kids per class the ELL kids are sent to art with them bringing their class size up to nearly 35 in one class). They are not enthusiastic about art and even though I've been able to reach some of the more receptive kids who were interested in doing art in high school, I feel like a lot of these kids had given up on art before they ever walked into my room. As much as I've tried to teach them some of the things that other kids on their grade level would be doing at other schools, they are years behind where they should be. This makes planning projects very difficult because they're bored when something is "below" them but get easily frustrated when I give them age-appropriate projects. I want to give them some kind of last project that they're capable of doing but could motivate or excite them so they're not just throwing paper at each other all class. We've had no storage up until now, but I've sent home all the work from every class and have also secured an extra temporary storage space. I have about 110 kids who come with the 8th grade and I have no time in between classes, so it would have to be something that kids could set up, clean up, and still have some time to work on during a 45 minute period. I can probably store the projects in between classes if they're small enough and would love to give this project 2 or 3 weeks (I see my classes once a week for 45 minutes). My new teacher brain is fried and while I've mapped out most of my end of the year for K-7, I am stumped! Any suggestions?