Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2-D to 3-D lesson Ideas part 2

Onward with our exploration of 2-D to 3-D

I want students to explore organic and geometric shapes in a united composition.
I would start with my watercolor shape/composition triptych (that still needs some work)

So to make this 3-D I want each student to enlarge the shapes they have chosen and draw them on light cardboard. I would like students to then cut out the shapes and paint each shape, on each side with different patterns and a unified color plan. Then I would like to see students use slits in the cardboard to join the cardboard together to make a 3-D sculpture.
Inspiration and photo taken from Phyl at There's a dragon in my art room!
Even though she did this lesson with 1st graders I think we can bump it up a little to older kid level
think this... mixed with this one done by a 9th grader

An simple idea for fall and beginning clay students is to have students either bring from home, go outside and sketch or look at photos of different types of leafs that grow in our area and create a watercolor composition with three of these leaves. I will then have students do the french curves around the leaves like from this lesson

Then I want students to use those same three leaf shapes to create a clay slab bowl or dish. You know the one, roll the clay slab, lay the leafs on the clay, roll again, cut out and drape over a upside down cereal bowl. But to push the older kids a bit further I want them to have the three (or it may take more) leaves touching, just overlapping, to create a hybrid between these two images
makes leaf bowl babies with this

I think this one will be reserved for the 7th grade only classes working on the major art movements of the 18th, 19th and 20th century...but if they don't snag it then the 2 to 3-D class can have it and who doesn't love Pop Art food! Our 2-D lesson, that I've done several times now, requires students to enlarge using a grid, create a background using a simple pattern AND benday dots and then paint the food object and the background.
(no not everyone did ice cream)
So then in true Claes Oldenburg style (who the kids LOVE) we should then make a large 3-D version of our food item. We could attempt to sew soft sculptures (very hard) we could have to translate our food into a clay boxes using slab and coil methods (medium hard...and what we will most likely do) or we can just make our food out of newspaper/paper machie/model magic (easier but not appealing to me right now)
how cool is this Oldenburg inspired bed! (OOAK made in 2009)

Now I've done a similar project with the 2-D part before where students have done a detailed pen and ink drawing of their shoe and done the pop art background in monochromatic colors. They also look great (I'll have to dig for photos) and then we tried to build our shoe out of clay. Building shoes out of clay is frustrating business. I would leave that to a high school class or kids with a LOT of clay experience.

Still have more ideas coming. Look for part 3 coming soon!


  1. I want to do a project like the first one you are describing this year, too. I saw 2 examples posted on Pinterest. One came from The School at St. George Place and was based on Dubuffet and the other came from the Disney Family Fun site and the shapes were inspired by Calder. I can hardly wait to see what the kids do with this!!

  2. On pinterest...looks like I may have to break down and look into it. How do you find art projects on there without having to search through 1000000000 of images though?

  3. It seems like there must be some kind of index, but I haven't found it yet. (I have not joined the site) I think I started with Kathy Barbo's site -- she posted the link on her blog, Art Projects for Kids. Then I looked on each of her "pins" to find "repins" and started clicking on the ones that said something about Art Classrooms.Then I checked out some of their repins. I guess you could click on some of their followers, too, to see if they have teacher boards. I am CERTAIN that this was a round about way of searching, but as yet, I haven't discovered a better way!!

  4. First of all - the Oldenburg stuff - years ago, when I taught 7th grade, here's what I did: collected candy wrappers after Halloween; the kids graphed, enlarged, and painted to match, and then stuffed them according to the proper shape and voila! Giant candy bars!

    This year, I'm thinking of repeating an old project, doing it w/my 6th grade. We'll graph seed packets, put a stick on 'em to and stuff some beans inside, and then build giant veggies to match the seed packs. Hope I can find the time to do this! So many ideas, so little time... Maybe it will be a group or pair project.

    As for Pinterest, I'm hooked. I haven't found any index yet, but it seems that people find me and then I find them and it grows exponentially every day. I think the site isn't sophisticated enough yet to have really good search process. But believe me, you'll find stuff really quickly.