Junior Fobotologists

It’s been rather stressful here at Fobot World Headquarters lately.  Many of you will remember Phil (Cheap Fobotics Officer and my husband) from the art fairs we’ve attended.  Phil generally sits at the front of the booth, where most people assume he’s the artist.  He never fails to inform him that no, he’s not the artist, he’s just the eye candy.  And if you read my last post, you may remember that he was suffering from a truly horrific infection in his leg, which only last week has FINALLY been diagnosed as MRSA.  If you don’t know what a MRSA infection is, look it up–and I swear, you’ll start washing your hands (hell, your entire body) every ten minutes.  But that’s not the latest issue.  No, poor Phil was admitted to the hospital last week not for that, but for what turned out to be a large kidney stone.  This thing had its own zip code.  But here’s the good(?) news; if it were not for the kidney stone, we might never have known about the tumor on his OTHER kidney until it was too late.  As it is, it’s small, self-contained, and can be surgically removed fairly easily once he heals from everything else.  Did I mention I’ve been a little stressed lately?

So in the middle of all this drama, I get an email that just makes my entire year.  It was from a teacher, and it read;

I had the pleasure of meeting you with a few of my middle school students this summer at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver over the 4th of July weekend.  We were one of the lucky schools that was able to participate in the Janus Student Art Buying Program that weekend.  We were amazed with your artwork and I loved the fact that they all were named and had hearts!

I was so inspired by your fantastic “fobots” that I decided to make it one of my art projects.  I collect junk and little pieces of ‘this and that’ all of the time, so I asked my students to bring in a soup can as their body (or anything else that inspired them for the ‘trunk’ of their robot) and a small baggy of junk to use, share, or to replenish my so-called, “junk buffet” of fun items to use.  The students used hot glue guns to put their robots together and on their nametags, they were to name their robot as you do and assign each of their personalities some hobbies too!  Some of our robots are friends or enemies or siblings too!

I wanted to share a few of the photos I took of their amazing works.  Thank you so much, the students absolutely LOVED this project so much and are so proud of their creations.

-Aaryn Novy
Visual Arts Teacher
Columbia Middle School

Is that great or what?  I don’t have room to post all of the pictures they sent, but I’ve put together a few of my favorites. Every single one made me smile–it was nearly impossible to just pick a few. You may remember that I’ve been having trouble lately with some adults copying my work.  I hope they see how creative these kids are.  Every one has a unique and totally original viewpoint, inspired by the Fobots, but completely different at the same time.  Excellent work, Junior Fobotologists!  Keep those glue guns going, keep hunting for the good junk, and remember–wash those hands!

10 Responses to “Junior Fobotologists”

  1. October 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    What creative minds those kiddos have!!! 2 thumbs up plus 8 fingers and 10 toes for good measure!!!

  2. 2 Suzanne Byrd
    October 13, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I wish you well, Phil. MRSA is baaaad stuff but you can get over it and you will. Good luck with the other issues, too!

  3. 3 Dawn Williams
    October 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    =) mine is actually the one that has a snowglobe body and a clock head. We had so much fun doing this project!=D

    • 4 artgirlraleigh
      October 20, 2010 at 12:56 am

      Excellent work, Dawn! I’m trying hard not to play favorites, but I’ll tell you now that that’s Phil’s favorite one!

      • 5 Dawn Williams
        October 21, 2010 at 7:31 pm

        AHahah! AWESOME! =)Now whenever i see cool objects laying around, I want to grab it and start making another robot!

  4. 6 Jan Gregg-Kelm
    October 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Wow! What a great bunch of artists!!!

  5. 7 Kylie
    October 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Hoping Phil makes a very speedy recovery!
    Greetings from Australia absolutely love your work!

  6. 8 steve kay
    November 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm


    I love your stuff! It’s funny, as a kid, I used to play with matchbox and hot wheels cars. I used to tear them apart and make new “machines” from the parts!

    I have been collecting found object art for about 7 years now. I fell in love with an artist from Michigan named Ritch Branstrom. He is from Rapid City in the Michigan Upper Peninsula and teaches at Northern Michigan U.

    Have you ever heard of the art cometition in Grand Rapids, Michigan? First prize is $500,000 sponsored by the Amway families. http://www.artprize.org/

    You should produce a coffee table book of all your designs!


    Steve Kay
    west Bloomfield, MI. 48323

    • 9 artgirlraleigh
      November 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks, Steve- I played with Hot Wheels too, but my brother would have killed me if I’d taken them apart. And yes, I’ve heard of ArtPrize–I’d like to go see it some day, but not as a competitor. As for the coffee table book–I write humorous bios of all of the bots featured in my calendars. I’ve been doing the calendars for three years now, so I’ve got 36 pages done…only a few more years to go before I have enough for a whole book!

      Are you on my mailing list?

  7. 10 Laura
    November 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Your Phil is one tough customer and I know he will do well! Take care, both of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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