FORM, LIGHTING, SHADOWS, CARDBOARD, WOAH: GRADES 11-12
Activity: For this project, students will produce a representative or dramatic and abstract three-dimensional sculpture using cardboard, a spotlight, and natural shadow. The students will explore a medium they may or may not have created with before: cardboard. They will cut, rip, bend, and manipulate the cardboard to create a desired form with at least three textures. The students will focus on creating forms that include spatial variance to dramatize the visual aesthetic and three-dimensional factor of their sculptures. After completing the sculpture stage, the students will then incorporate photography and dramatic lighting by taking close-up and zoomed-out photos of their projects with a warm and/or multi-colored spotlight. The students will be instructed to use photography as a tool to highlight several art elements such as form, line, space, texture, and value found in their cardboard sculptures.
Central Concept: The students will undergo a tactile/visual experience when exploring the mediums: cardboard; and the art forms: sculpture and photography.
1. Students will be able to produce a representative or dramatic and abstract three-dimensional sculpture with cardboard, a spotlight, and natural shadow.
2. Students will be able to integrate photography by taking close-up photos that highlight several art elements such as form, line, space, and value found in their sculptures.
3. Students will be able to identify connections and commonalities between their work and the work of contemporary/modern artists such as Alex Uribe and Pablo Picasso.
4. Students will be able to write about their experience, process, likes and dislikes, and creative decisions when completing their reflection paper.
- 3D Composition
INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES, MATERIALS, & TECHNOLOGY
- Google Slides
- Reflection paper/assignment
- Camera phone
- Hot glue
- Utility knives (depending on demographic)
- LCD projector
- Google Slides
- Phones for photography and research purposes
1. Students will view a Google Slideshow that presents the assignment, assignment materials, process, works of contemporary/modern artists, and a teacher example.
2. Students will be encouraged to research ideas, sketch out designs, or begin to experiment manipulating the cardboard.
3. Teacher will demonstrate how to rip and manipulate the cardboard to create interesting three-dimensional forms that have various textures.
4. The students will then use these techniques and methods to create their own abstract or recognizable three-dimensional forms that highlight the vocabulary above.
5. After completing the sculpture stage, students will be shown a Google Slideshow presentation of close-up photos of the teacher’s example to demonstrate how photography can be integrated to highlight several art elements such as form, line, space, texture, and value with the use of a spotlight.
6. After each session, and when finished, students will clean up their work area, throw away any smaller cardboard pieces, and hand in larger cardboard pieces.
7. Students will submit their completed sculpture, and a series photographs that show good craftsmanship. effort, and knowledge of three-dimensional design.
8. Students will be given a paper with several reflection questions about their experience with sculpture/photography.
ART HISTORY CONNECTION
For this lesson, students will be introduced to the works of contemporary artist, Alex Uribe, and modern artist, Pablo Picasso. The students will view several cardboard sculptures created by both. After engaging in this lesson, students will be able to identify connections and commonalities between their work and the work of these contemporary and historical artists. They will also be able to write about their experiences, likes, dislikes, and their thoughts on how either Picasso's or Uribe's work impacted their process when answering a reflection question.
The Art of Corrugation