Monday, January 7, 2013

Creating Depth in a 3-D Landscape

We worked on this assignment throughout the middle part of December.  I thought that the kids were ready to do something sculptural, and I wanted to keep them really busy as we headed toward Christmas vacation.  There is nothing worse than restless or bored students in the days leading up to vacation!

On the other hand, this lesson was messy and each student had multiple parts to make, finish and attach.  This was  very involved and I'm not sure that you can see just how difficult this simple idea turned out to be from a teacher's perspective! Overall, I am pleased with the results of the projects.  Most importantly, the students learned many useful problem-solving skills including how to develop and execute an idea in a 3-dimensional way.  Enjoy the photos and I'd love to hear your questions or comments! Just click on the comments link right under the post title.

A brightly colored background creates interest and helps lead the viewer's eye through the work.
The side view shows you the overall depth of the piece; considering how shallow the box is, the student has done a great job creating the illusion of space in a small area.  Great work, Amanda C.!
You can see the masking tape and newsprint paper used to create the forms that will make the snowy land masses in this student's landscape. She is covering the forms with wet pieces of plastercraft.   
In this image. James has already plastered the large hill in his landscape. Once it was dry, he used the tempera cakes to add color to the background and the adorable sledders in their popsicle stick sleds. One is bigger in the foreground versus the small sledder who will be placed in the middle ground at the top of the giant hill. 
The theme was "winter landscape"and there were some students who chose a less obvious solution to the assignment.  Edeline in Period 1 created this wonderful nature scene with a wolf, a bear and a river with salmon made from felt.  Check out the texture of the river and fish as well as all of the details in the picture below!
That salmon is toast!
Ethan F. decided to really broaden the definition of what a winter landscape could be. Here he shows us an awesome theme where a large cyclops-type alien has crash landed in the snowy scene and is engaged in a battle with several snowmen.  You can see the smoke escaping from the totaled ship in the background.  Creative and fun! 
Sara M. thought it would be cool to show an expedition at the north pole for her winter landscape.  There is a bit of a sci-fi twist if you look closely: the penguins are zombies with their white eyes fixated on the researcher in the foreground!
"Hey little buddy, you look different from the other penguins I've researched,,,"
Here is a highly detailed and whimsical landscape featuring a penguin fishing in a pond of fancy fish made of beads.  His house is all decked our with strings of crystal icicles and a fancy decorated tree adds a festive touch.  Nice work,Selin!

Here are two views of Adam's winter landscape.  He created the people in the foreground out of model magic.  The tree and snow are made of plastercraft over newspaper forms.  We used white cardboard boxes from the Rhode Island Recycling Center to set up a simple platform to build on.  The scene in the background  as well as the objects and characters were painted with cake tempera paints.  All parts of the entire project were attached with glue from a low-temp hot glue gun.  
I really like the sense of action in this work with the snowball suspended on a wire and the smaller figure trying to get out of the way.  Super work and a good sense of space in a small space!
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed my lesson!

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